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Osgood Schlatter Disease Treatment

While the bones are growing, they contain growth plates, which are areas of cartilage that will eventually harden into bone. On the top of the tibia, or shin bone, the tibial tubercle covers a growth plate where the patella tendon is attached to the shin in children. Osgood Schlatter disease is an inflammation of the tibial tubercle that can cause knee pain in young athletes. Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine offers Osgood Schlatter disease treatments at our medical facility in NYC’s Upper East Side.

What Causes Osgood Schlatter Disease?

The patella tendon is essential for running and jumping. In growing youth that play sports or are very active, overuse of the patella tendon can cause irritation to the tibial tubercle and growth plate under the knee. When this occurs, it is called Osgood Schlatter disease, a painful inflammation of the growth plate under the tibial tubercle.

Symptoms and Treatment

Osgood Schlatter disease is most common during growth spurts in adolescence in active pre-teens and teenagers. The symptoms include pain directly below the knee. There is usually a pronounced tibial tubercle, or bump, that is tender to the touch. Pain may be more pronounced when running or jumping. Some adolescents experience a tightness in the quadriceps and hamstring. Osgood Schlatter disease can affect one or both knees.

Treatment for Osgood Schlatter disease is usually conservative. Controlling inflammation and pain is the primary concern, followed by rehabilitation. In severe cases of unresolved pain from Osgood Schlatter disease, the patient may need surgical repair as a young adult.

If you have a child that is experiencing symptoms of Osgood Schlatter disease, contact our team at Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine. We offer advanced treatments for sports injuries from experienced orthopedic surgeons and specialists at our medical facility in New York City.

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