Osgood-Schlatter DiseaseOsgood-Schlatter (say: "oz-good shlot-ter") disease is one of the most common causes of knee pain in young athletes. It causes swelling, pain and tenderness just below the knee, over the shin bone (also called the tibia). It occurs mostly in boys who are having a growth spurt during their pre-teen or teenage years. One or both knees may be affected.
Signs and symptoms
The following are the most common symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease. However, each adolescent may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
The symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease may resemble other conditions or medical problems of the knee. Always consult your adolescent's physician for a diagnosis.
A doctor can make a diagnosis during a physical examination. A bone x-ray may be normal, may show soft tissue swelling, or may demonstrate fragmentation of the the tibial tubercle.
Medical Treatment - Not necessary for mild cases. For moderate or severe cases, the knee may be immobilized with a cast for approximately 2 months.
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