Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Animation

Omaha Osgood-Schlatter Disease Animation by Dr. Darren R Keiser MD


Osgood-Schlatter Disease Information

This overuse injury is an inflammation that occurs at the point where the patellar tendon attaches to the tibia. It most commonly affects adolescents. One or both knees may be affected.  The growth plate is an area of growing bone that is made of cartilage, and so it is an area of weakness in youth.

Description

Osgood-Schlatter disease is an overuse injury that occurs in the knee area of growing adolescents. It is caused by inflammation of the tendon below the kneecap (patellar tendon) where it attaches to the shinbone (tibia). Young adolescents who participate in certain sports, including soccer, gymnastics, basketball, and distance running, are most at risk for this disease.

Symptoms

> Knee pain
> Swelling
> Tenderness below the kneecap

Treatment

omaha osgood schlatter diseaseOnce a diagnosis has been made, treatment is aimed at reducing the pain and swelling. This may include the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and wrapping the knee until the child can enjoy activity without discomfort or significant pain afterwards.

Symptoms that worsen with activity may require rest for several months, followed by a conditioning program. In some patients, Osgood-Schlatter symptoms may last for 2 to 3 years. However, most symptoms will completely disappear with completion of the adolescent growth spurt, around age 14 for girls and age 16 for boys.

Omaha Knee Information by Dr. Darren Keiser MD


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