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OSGOOD-SCHLATTER DISEASE

If you suffer  severe knee pain, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What is Osgood-Schlatter Disease?

Children and teens experiencing growth spurts may develop a small bump just below the knee. Orthopedic specialists identify this bony lump as Osgood-Schlatter Disease, which can induce pain in developing adolescents.

This condition presents a heightened risk in children engaged in sports that demand frequent, rapid utilization of the thigh muscles, such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, or ballet. The thigh muscles exert pressure on the tendon connecting the kneecap to the upper shinbone. Repetitive stress in this region can trigger pain and inflammation of the growth plate, leading to the formation of a bony growth that causes discomfort.

Typically, this condition manifests most often in boys aged 12-14 and girls aged 10-13. Fortunately, most cases of this condition resolve without intervention, typically as the child exits adolescence and bone growth concludes.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Treament

Treating Osgood-Schlatter Disease involves various active measures tailored to alleviate symptoms and promote healing. Initially, reducing physical activities that exacerbate pain and inflammation is recommended. Ice packs applied to the affected area can help alleviate discomfort and reduce swelling. Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, may be used to manage pain and inflammation.

In more severe cases, where pain persists despite conservative measures, physical therapy may be beneficial. Physical therapists can guide patients through exercises to strengthen the muscles around the knee and improve flexibility, helping to alleviate strain on the affected area.

In rare instances where conservative treatments fail to provide relief, or if the condition significantly interferes with daily activities, surgical intervention may be considered. Surgery typically involves removing the bony prominence causing discomfort and inflammation.

Regardless of the treatment approach, close monitoring by healthcare professionals is essential to ensure proper management and recovery from Osgood-Schlatter Disease.

If you would like to speak to an Orthopedic Specialist in the Dallas area , give us a call at 817-697-4038, or contact us over the web. Tele-medicine appointments are also available.

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