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What is Sinding-Larson and Johannson syndrome?

Sinding-Larson and Johannson syndrome is a condition causing knee pain in growing adolescents, especially those engaged actively in sports. Excessive stress and overuse of the knee causes inflammation to the growth plate at the lower end of the patella (knee cap) resulting in pain.

What are the symptoms of Sinding-Larson and Johannson syndrome?

  • Pain over the anterior aspect of the knee near the bottom of the knee cap.
  • Possible swelling in the area
  • Limping when walking
  • Pain worse after exercise, especially involving sprinting, jumping and climbing stairs
  • May be precipitated by injury or trauma

Specialist paediatric physiotherapist conducting a knee assessmentAbove: Specialist paediatric physiotherapist conducting a knee assessment

How can physiotherapy help Sinding-Larson and Johannson syndrome?

This condition eventually resolves as skeletal maturity is reached, however physiotherapy is beneficial to aid symptom relief. Physiotherapy can help:
  • Reduce pain by using pain management techniques whilst symptomatic
  • Advise on appropriate activity modification e.g. resting from aggravating activities
  • Address any areas of muscle imbalance that may be contributing to the pain
  • Provide advice on appropriate home exercises
  • Assist with return to activity
  • Provide advice regarding other adjuncts to treatment e.g. taping or braces to reduce symptoms

Why Manchester Physio?

  • No waiting lists
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  • One on one treatment
  • Dedicated, patient centred approach
  • Specialist physiotherapists
  • Motivated, caring staff
  • Proven track record
We understand that Sinding-Larson and Johansson syndrome can be distressing and painful for children and parents. Our team of specialist physiotherapists can provide assessment and treatment for your child and give you reassurance and support and help relieve the symptoms.

Manchester Physio can provide treatment of children with Sinding-Larson and Johansson syndrome across Greater Manchester and Cheshire. We can provide assessment and treatment at our clinic, a child's school or at your home for your convenience.

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