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Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of osgood-schlatter's disease

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of osgood-schlatter's disease

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of osgood-schlatter's disease

Symptoms, diagnosis and causes of osgood-schlatter's disease

Consultation and assessment

Osgood-Schlatter’s disease is a disorder affecting the front of knee resulting in pain and swelling of the tibial tubercle (upper part of lower leg bone). However, it is not a disease of the knee joint. It is generally a benign, self-limited knee condition.

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Incidence, age and sex

Osgood-Schlatter’s disease is predominantly seen in young adolescent boys who play a lot of sports which involve kicking, running, or jumping. It is quite uncommon over the age of 16 years. Though rare, it may also occur in children who are not very athletic.

Signs,symptoms and diagnosis

The main symptom of this disorder is the occurrence of painful swelling just below the kneecap (patella). The severity of pain tends to be variable. It is usually worse during and just after, physical activities like sports. The pain eases off with adequate rest. This pain typically lasts for a few months, but may sometimes remain for as long as one to two years.

A small, tender, bony bump may develop at some distance below the kneecap where the patellar ligament attaches to the tibia (shin bone). This bump is permanent, and becomes painless with time. The actual knee joint does not get affected, so its movement is normal. The condition is by and large unilateral, but in occasional cases, both knees may get involved.

Investigations are not generally needed since the diagnosis is often clear from the symptoms and detailed physical examination of the affected area.

Causes and prevention

The cause of this disorder is controversial, but is more or less related to physical activity. The stress on the bone transferred from the muscle tendon tugging it during activities leads to Osgood-Schlatter’s disease.

Complications

The most common and distressing complication of this disorder is longstanding pain in the affected knee. Some individuals may experience pain for about 1 or even 2 years after the abatement of the disorder.

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