Osgood-Schlatters disease normally affects children (both boys and girls) between the ages of 9-15 years. It is a common knee injury due primarily in children who have a sudden growth spurt or may be involved in intense high impact sports at a young age. What we see is a force from the patella tendon on the tibial tuberosity; this in turn causes inflammation and may result in a swollen area below the knee. This can occur frequently because of the softness of children’s bones. When the child continues with activity we see new bone that grows back resulting in a bony lump at the tibial tuberosity. The problem usually stops when the child has stopped growing and the tendon becomes stronger. In some cases it can reoccur in adulthood.
Patient should stop activity immediately. Patients with Osgood-Schlatter disease can be helped by anti-inflammatory drugs and pain medications, ice, and rest. Osgood-Schlatter disease typically goes away over time. Some adults will end up with bumps on their knees.
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