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.
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.
Osgood-Schlatter disease will almost always goes away on its own once the child stops growing.
Most cases get better on their own after a few weeks or months. Most cases eventually go away once the child finished growing.
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