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Osgood Schlatter Disease

Osgood Schlatter Disease is a condition that usually affects adolescents, especially boys. It usually settles down on its own sans treatment. Athletic kids tend to be more prone to Osgood-Schlatter disease. It occurs due to overuse and repeated stress on the knee resulting in inflammation of the raised area (tubercle) just below the kneecap. Growing kids participating in distance running, gymnastics, soccer and basketball are likely to face these 'growing pains'. Osgood-Schlatter Disease rarely lasts beyond adolescence.

Pain associated with Osgood-Schlatter Disease is usually triggered by running, kneeling, squatting and climbing stairs. There is tightness in the surrounding muscles and tenderness just below the kneecap. The symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter Disease can be alleviated with NSAIDs like ibuprofen. Ice compress on the affected knee can give relief. A knee brace is fitted on some kids to provide protection to the painful area. Rest is advised during severe discomfort and pain.

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Collection of Pages - Last revised Date: February 21, 2019