Osgood-Schlatter disease

Alternative Names

Osteochondrosis

Definition of Osgood-Schlatter disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a painful swelling of the bump on the upper part of the shinbone, just below the knee. This bump is called the anterior tibial tubercle.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Osgood-Schlatter disease is thought to be caused by small injuries due to repeated overuse before the area has finished growing.

Symptoms

The main symptom is painful swelling over a bump on the lower leg bone (shinbone). Symptoms occur on one or both legs.

Signs and tests

Your doctor can tell if you have this condition by performing a physical exam.

Treatment

Osgood-Schlatter disease will almost always goes away on its own once the child stops growing.

Expectations (prognosis)

Most cases get better on their own after a few weeks or months. Most cases eventually go away once the child finished growing.

Review

Neil K. Kaneshiro, MD, MHA, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 11/12/2010

Lower leg muscles
Leg pain (Osgood-Schlatter)

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