Osgood-Schlatter Disease

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Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease, or inflammation of the area where the kneecap and shinbone meet, affects growing young adults, especially those who play sports or are very active. It is a common cause of knee pain but is often relieved with non-invasive treatments.

Osgood-Schlatter disease causes

Osgood-Schlatter disease occurs when the body is growing very quickly. This can cause stress and inflammation of the growth plate (an area where bone grows). Osgood-Schlatter disease affects the growth plate where the kneecap tendon (patellar tendon) connects to the shinbone (tibia).

Osgood-Schlatter disease symptoms

Young people with Osgood-Schlatter disease may experience symptoms such as:

  • Pain just below the kneecap
  • Swelling just below the kneecap
  • Tenderness just below the kneecap
  • Tightness in the hip and thigh

Osgood-Schlatter disease treatment

Fortunately, you can find relief from Osgood-Schlatter disease with noninvasive treatment, including:

  • Over-the-counter pain medicines
  • Physical therapy
  • Rest from activities
  • Stretching

Osgood-Schlatter disease risk factors

You may be at a higher risk for Osgood-Schlatter disease if you are:

  • A boy, though an increasing number of girls are experiencing this condition
  • An adolescent between the ages of 10 and 14
  • Participating in activities that involve a lot of jumping, running or fast changes in direction
  • Inflexible, particularly in the thigh muscles (quadriceps)

Osgood-Schlatter disease prevention

You may not be able to prevent Osgood-Schlatter disease, but you can lower your risks by:

  • Avoiding sports that pull at the night through repeated jumping or lots of running
  • Stretching your leg muscles to keep them flexible
  • Taking plenty of rest from activities, especially if you experience pain
  • Wearing supportive shoes that absorb shock

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Find out the cause of your knee pain. Make an appointment with a TriHealth sports medicine specialist by calling 513 246 7846.

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