Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease

Osgood-Schlatter’s disease occurs when the bones, usually in an adolescent, grow too fast. This mainly happens upon a growth spurt in the child. I had this disease as I was growing up, which is uncommon for a girl, as it usually occurs in boys. Out of every five kids get it and it happens more so in the athletic child.

The upper shinbone, below the kneecap, will swell and cause pain. This is due to a lot of overuse with running and jumping activity or any type of activity that these actions involve, such as in most sports. The symptoms are due to repeated stress around the kneecap tendon, which can start to separate from the tibia tuberosity, which attaches it. If severe, it is capable of total detachment. This disease is not lifelong and will disappear after the bones have finished their growing. It is most commonly present in one knee only although both knees can be affected.

If your child has the above symptoms and you are concerned, a doctor will be able to diagnose or rule out Osgood-Schlatter’s disease with a simple x-ray. It may help to limit activities if there is suspicion of Osgood-Schlatter’s disease. If diagnosed positively for this disease only conservative measures are necessary in most cases. These measures would include rest, ice, and a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory to relieve the pain.

Once your child has outgrown Osgood-Schlatter’s disease there is little cause for concern about any lasting effects. A small bump may be present, but that is the only telltale sign of it having occurred.

I have not had any symptoms of this disease myself since childhood. My case lasted for a few years. I do have the small bump that can appear in some individuals, but other than that there are no other symptoms from my past experience with this disease.

Angel Lynn writes in weight loss, single parenting, and health

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About Angel Lynn Diamond

I am a mom to my precious one and only, a nurse in a heartwarming adult living facility, and a freelance writer. I am "Angel" to the one who has helped me through life for the past 2-1/2 years and has made a joyful difference. I am a featured contributing writer for Rich Women Sisterhood, A Distinctive Style magazine and a writing and health advisor on Just Answer. As well, I write greeting cards, articles in health, relationships, diet, fitness, parenting, and travel. I reside in Upstate, NY and enjoy spending time with my loved ones, writing, the outdoors, and fitness. What I would like to say to others is.......Slow down and enjoy the moment, as you cannot get it back. Dream, believe, hope, but most of all have faith. Be careful with your words...they have the potential to hurt or bring forth joy. Remember, gentleness is a comfort to a wounded heart. Wishing you all many blessings. ~Angel Lynn~