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What is Osgood-Schlatter Disease?
Children and teens going through growth spurts may sometimes develop a small bump just below the knee. Orthopedic specialists call this bony lump Osgood-Schlatter Disease, and it can cause pain in developing adolescents.
Osgood-Schlatter Disease has a high risk of occuring in children involved with sports that require frequent, rapid use of the thigh muscles, such as soccer, basketball, volleyball or ballet. The thigh muscles pull on the tendon that connects the kneecap to the upper shinbone. Repeated stress in this area can cause pain and inflammation of the growth plate, leading to a bony growth that causes pain.
Osgood-Schlatter disease most often appears in boys between the ages of 12-14 and girls between the ages of 10-13. Most cases of Osgood-Schlatter Disease heal without intervention, usually as soon as the child leaves adolescence and the bones finish growing.