Osgood–Schlatter Disease

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Osgood–Schlatter disease is a common condition that occurs in children and teens, often during the growth spurt that occurs between ages 10 and 15. Children and adolescents involved in sports have a higher probability of developing Osgood-Schlatter disease because of the additional stress resulting from impact-sports such as soccer, gymnastics, basketball and distance running. Repetitive use of the thigh muscles results in the pulling of the patellar tendon that connects the kneecap to the tibia which can ultimately lead to Osgood–Schlatter disease.

Our elite-grade OrthoAspen orthopedic specialists are educated and skilled at treating Osgood–Schlatter disease. We know how important sports and activities are to area tweens and teens, which is why we’ll work to find a treatment solution to help encourage rapid, safe and effective healing whenever possible.

Symptoms

Although Osgood–Schlatter disease can happen to anyone, it’s more likely for an adolescent male to experience symptoms of Osgood–Schlatter disease. When inflammation of the patellar tendon of the kneecap occurs, the following symptoms may begin to exhibit:

  • Pain in the area of the knee
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness below the kneecap
  • In some cases, the body may try to close the gap with new bone growth which results in a bony lump in the kneecap region
  • Limping, especially following activity
Diagnosis

Diagnosis of Osgood-Schlatter disease includes a review of symptoms and medical history. A physical examination will be performed to evaluate the knee for pain, swelling and inflammation. An X-ray or MRI scan may be ordered to view images of the bones of the knee and examine the area of the affected tendons and tibia in more detail.

Treatment

In addition to seeking a solution that will ease the pain and swelling produced by Osgood–Schlatter disease, our OrthoAspen doctors also strive to find the most conservative treatment method possible, including:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy that often includes strengthening exercises for the thigh muscles to help stabilize the knee joint

Most of the symptoms associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease completely disappear upon completion of the growth spurt.

If you suspect that your child may exhibit symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease and you’d like to schedule a consultation with one of our OrthoAspen sports medicine specialists, simply click here to get started or call us anytime at 970-544-1289.

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