Osgood-Schlatter disease is a painful, overuse injury that occurs below the knee joint. This condition is caused by irritation of the bone growth plate and is common among young children and adolescents who are still growing. Surgery is not a common treatment option for this condition because the pain and swelling will typically go away when an adolescent stops growing. Stretching exercises, ice application, and anti-inflammatory medications are all used to treat this osgood-schlatter disease.
At Barrington Orthopedics, our highly-experienced, certified knee specialists can provide relief from knee pain associated with osgood schlatter disease. Our team will work with you to discuss treatment options aimed at reducing pain and swelling of your condition, so you can get back to the activities you enjoy without discomfort or lack of mobility.
If you’re struggling with knee pain, do not allow your condition to worsen. Schedule your first consultation with the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today. If you’re in an emergency situation, visit the Immediate Care Clinic at our Schaumburg, IL location.
Osgood-Schlatter disease, is an overuse injury that occurs in the knee area of growing adolescents. It is caused by undue stress on the attachment 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.
Young adolescents who participate in certain sports, including soccer, gymnastics, basketball, and distance running, are most at risk for this disease.
Once a diagnosis has been made, treatment is aimed at reducing the pain and swelling. This may include the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and wrapping the knee until the child can enjoy activity without discomfort or significant pain afterwards.
Symptoms that worsen with activity may require rest for several months, followed by a conditioning program. In some patients, Osgood-Schlatter symptoms may last for 2 to 3 years. However, most symptoms will completely disappear with completion of the adolescent growth spurt, around age 14 for girls and age 16 for boys.