Osgood schlatter

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Osgood-Schlatter disease is an overuse injury that occurs in the knee area of growing adolescents. The common sympthoms are knee pain, swelling, tenderness below the kneecap. Other symptoms may include, pain that worsens with exercise, relief from pain with rest, swelling or tenderness under the knee and over the shinbone, limping after exercise, tightness of the muscles surrounding the knee (the hamstring and quadriceps muscles).

Causes and Risk factors

Osgood schlatter 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. The three main factors that contribute to Osgood-Schlatter are: ages between 9 and 16 years old, involved in youth sports, in a growth spurt. Growth spurt make kids vulnerable because their bones, muscles, and tendons are growing quickly and not always at the same time.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Patients with Osgood-Schlatter disease can be helped by antiinflammation and pain-relieving medications, ice, and rest. Osgood-Schlatter disease typically goes away over time (months to years after the normal bone growth stops). Some adults who have had Osgood-Schlatter disease are left with knobby appearance to the front of the knee. ...