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Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Causes

Stress on the tendon attaching the muscle at the front of the thigh to the tibia causes Osgood-Schlatter disease. The condition results stress from the contraction of the quadriceps is transmitted through the patellar tendon to the underdeveloped tibial tubersity, during growth spurt in adolescence. The contraction may cause inflammation and avulsion fracture, resulting in bone growth in the tendon, which produces a visible lump.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Definition

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a condition in which a growth plate at the tibial tuberosity has inflamed.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Symptoms and Signs

Patients commonly experience pain and swelling directly over the tibial tubercle is most common and may exacerbated during high impact activities or even walking. Symptoms may recur after treatment until the patient has skeletal maturity or when the tibial epiphysis fuses.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease Treatment

The condition is treated with Rest and reduction of pain through ice packs, and if required paracetamol or ibuprofen. Sometimes, bracing or use of plaster of paris to enforce joint immobilization is required. Surgery is rarely performed to patients with mature skeletons.

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