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- What is Osgood-Schlatter disease?
- What are Osgood-Schlatter disease causes and risk factors?
- What are symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease?
- What specialists treat Osgood-Schlatter disease?
- How do health-care professionals diagnose Osgood-Schlatter disease?
- What is the treatment and outlook for Osgood-Schlatter disease?
- Are there home remedies for Osgood-Schlatter disease?
- Is it possible to prevent Osgood-Schlatter disease?
What are Osgood-Schlatter disease causes and risk factors?
It is felt that stress on the tibia by the patellar tendon tugging on its attachment site during activities involving the quadriceps muscle group (the large muscles of the thigh) predisposes one to the development of Osgood-Schlatter disease. Therefore, jumping activities and prolonged running are risk factors for developing Osgood-Schlatter disease.
What are symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease?
Osgood-Schlatter disease is felt to be due to recurrent pulling tension of the patellar tendon by the large muscles (quadriceps) of the front of the thigh. The irritation of this pulling can cause local knee pain, inflammation, swelling, and in severe cases, an enlarged area of calcification of the tendon where it attaches to the tibia. The condition often affects both knees.
What specialists treat Osgood-Schlatter disease?
Osgood-Schlatter disease can be managed by primary-care providers, including pediatricians, family practitioners, and generalists, as well as orthopedists and sports-medicine physicians.
How do health-care professionals diagnose Osgood-Schlatter disease?
Osgood-Schlatter disease can be diagnosed clinically based on the typical symptoms and physical examination findings. X-ray testing is sometimes performed in order to document the status of the calcification at the insertion of patellar tendon. Sometimes a tiny piece of the growth area of the tibial attachment is actually pulled away from the tibia by the inflamed tendon.