Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common condition that affects the knee joint in growing, active children and adolescents.
It corresponds to an inflammation of the patellar tendon and the tibial tuberosity, where the tendon attaches to the tibia. Over time, this inflammation causes a bump under the kneecap and creates pain in the front of the knee. The pain is often increased with activity and usually improves with rest.
Osgood-Schlatter disease is a consequence of overuse, commonly seen in sports that require a lot of running, jumping and pivoting such as football, basketball and gymnastics.
This condition usually occurs in children and adolescents whose bones are not fully developed, most often in women between the ages of 8 and 13 and in men between the ages of 10 and 15.
This condition is most commonly seen in just one knee, but in 25% of cases it occurs in both knees.
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