Understanding Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease
The main symptoms are pain and swelling just below the kneecap. The pain usually worsens during certain activities like running, jumping, or climbing stairs, and eases with rest.
It’s caused by repetitive stress or tension on parts of the growing skeleton, leading to inflammation where the tendon attaches to the shinbone. This often happens during growth spurts when bones, muscles, and tendons are changing rapidly.
Who’s at risk:
It’s more common in boys, but the gender gap is closing as more girls become involved in sports. Adolescents who participate in sports such as soccer, gymnastics, basketball, and distance running have a higher risk of this disease.
Doctors usually diagnose Osgood-Schlatter disease based on a physical exam and medical history. In some cases, an X-ray may be taken to rule out other causes of knee pain