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Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common cause of knee pain in growing teens and pre-teens. This condition often occurs in athletes who play soccer, basketball or other sports that require sudden change of movement and jumping. It affects nearly 20% of athletes during the rapid growth phase of puberty.
Typically, the pain and swelling is below the kneecap at the top of the leg bone. It can worsen with activities, especially running, jumping, squatting and kneeling. Many times the child has tight muscles, especially the quadriceps, hip flexors and hamstrings.
Too much stress on the growing bone causes pain and swelling. Tension can occur from overuse from sports, growth spurts, or abnormal alignment in the legs. Every child is different and the symptoms can vary in severity. Some children have mild pain only with activities. Others can have significant constant pain that interferes with standing and walking.
Multiple different issues can cause knee pain so it is a good idea to have a physician examination. Our sports medicine physicians can provide an evaluation to determine if knee pain is cause by Osgood-Schlatter or something more serious.
The best treatment for Osgood-Schlatter is rest during periods of inflammation and icing the affected area immediately after activity. Some athletes may need to reduce the frequency, intensity or volume of training or take a complete rest for a short period. Additionally, if the knees tend to get bumped, such as in wrestling or soccer, kneepads can be used to protect the area.
A physical therapist can help athletes with Osgood-Schlatter increase strength in their leg muscles and overall flexibility. Once symptoms have decreased, therapists work on sport specific activities and movement patterns, in order to help improve form and reduce knee strain during sports
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Sarah Irani, MD Sports Medicine
Dr. Irani practices in the Sports Medicine program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. During her fellowship, she served as part of the physician team providing coverage for athletic teams at the University of South Florida and Eckerd College as well as youth and NCCA events.
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Patrick Mularoni, MD Sports Medicine
Dr. Mularoni is a sports medicine physician at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. His current research interests include concussion management and prognosis in patients with mild traumatic brain injuries. He is the chairman of the Medical Emergency Committee and lectures internationally on pediatric emergency and sports related topics.
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