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Cause Of Osgood Schlatters Disease

Osgood Schlatters DiseaseThis disease is an inflammation of the bone, cartilage, and/or tendon at the top of the shinbone (tibia), where the tendon from the kneecap (patella) attaches. It occurs in active adolescents around the beginning of their growth spurts which can begin anytime between the ages of 9 and 13 for girls, or 10 and 14 for boys. The repeated stress can cause the tendon to pull away from the shinbone a bit, resulting in the pain and swelling associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease. In some cases, your child’s body may try to close that gap with new bone growth, which can result in a bony lump at that spot.

Signs And Symptoms

The pain associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease may be anywhere from mild and felt only during activity to severe and constant. It usually occurs in just one knee, but sometimes it develops in both knees. The discomfort can last from weeks to months and may recur until your child has stopped growing.

Osgood-Schlatter disease occurs most often in children who participate in sports that involve running, jumping and swift changes of direction. Boys are more commonly affected than girls – however this is changing as girls are now becoming more involved in sports.

Treatment

Physiotherapy can help provide your child with the treatment, exercises, and advice for self management of this condition.

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