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Osgood-Schlatter Disease

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Osgood-Schlatter disease facts

  • Osgood-Schlatter disease is a painful inflammation of the upper portion of the tibia (shinbone) approximately 1 inch below the patella (kneecap).
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease can cause local pain, inflammation, swelling, and rarely calcification.
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease can be diagnosed by a thorough history and physical examination.
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease can be helped by anti-inflammation and pain-relieving medications, ice, and rest. Stretching of the quadriceps muscle and hamstring muscles is also helpful.

What is Osgood-Schlatter disease?

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a disorder involving painful inflammation where the patellar tendon attaches from the lower portion of the kneecap (patella) to the shinbone (tibia). Osgood-Schlatter disease is a condition of the growing child and is predominantly seen in young adolescent boys who are involved in running or jumping sports. As more girls are participating in such athletic events, they also are appearing at their doctor's office with these same complaints. A common age of occurrence is between 10-15 years of age.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/25/2016


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