09 Jul 2018 What is Osgood Schlatter Disease?
Osgood Schlatter’s Disease or Tibial Tubercle Apophysistis is a type of knee pain that is common amongst growing children and adolescents. It is the inflammation of the tibial tubercle, which is the area found just below the knee where the tendon from the knee cap attaches to the shin bone.
This condition generally affects children who are experiencing growth spurts as the bones, muscles, tendons as well as other structures are growing also. Children who are active, especially those that participate in running and jumping sports are often affected and are at increased risk of this condition.
- Swelling at the tibial tubercle
- Tight muscles in front/back of thigh
- Knee pain and tenderness
Pain is generally increased with activity and settles at rest.
An x-ray image is usually taken in order to aid in confirming the diagnosis and ruling out any other potential conditions.
Most symptoms normally disappear when a child completes their adolescent growth spurt, which generally finishes at the age of 14-16. However, if symptoms do continue to persist, treatment on this condition is focused on reducing pain and inflammation of the knee cap area.
Potential treatment options that may be explored include:
- Stretching exercises
- Limiting exercise and physical activity
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