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The Knee  
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Definition  

Osgood-Schlatter disease is inflammation of the bone and surrounding soft tissue just below the knee. It occurs at the point where the shinbone attaches to the tendon of the kneecap.

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Causes  

Osgood-Schlatter disease is caused by repeated tension or stress on the upper part of the shinbone during its growth spurts.

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Risk Factors  

Factors that may increase your risk of getting this condition include:

  • Sex: males are at greater risk than females
  • Age: 10 to 18 years old
  • Rapid growth spurts
  • Activities that stress the patellar tendon, such as jogging, jumping, and sudden turning
  • Being overweight
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Symptoms  

Symptoms include:

  • Pain, swelling, and/or tenderness just below the knee that usually worsens during physical activity
  • A swollen, painful bump just below the knee
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Diagnosis  

The doctor will ask about your symptoms, medical history, and physical activity. An examination of your knee will be done. Diagnosis is based on the symptoms. In some cases, you may have an x-ray or an ultrasound of the knee.

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Treatment  

Osgood-Schlatter disease may go away when the bones and tendons have finished growing. Th