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This disease is an inflammation of the bone, cartilage, and/or tendon at the top of theshinbone (tibia), where the tendon from the kneecap (patella) attaches. It occurs inactive adolescents around the beginning of their growth spurts which can begin anytime between the ages of 9 and 13 for girls, or 10 and 14 for boys. The repeated stresscan cause the tendon to pull away from the shinbone a bit, resulting in the pain andswelling associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease. In some cases, your child's bodymay try to close that gap with new bone growth, which can result in a bony lump atthat spot.
Osgood-Schlatter disease occurs most often in children who participate in sports thatinvolve running, jumping and swift changes of direction. Boys are more commonlyaffected than girls – however this is changing as girls are now becoming moreinvolved in sports.
The pain associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease may be anywhere from mild andfelt only during activity to severe and constant. It usually occurs in just one knee, butsometimes it develops in both knees. The discomfort can last from weeks to monthsand may recur until your child has stopped growing.
Physiotherapy can help provide your child with the treatment, exercises, and advicefor self management of this condition.
If you are unsure whether or not you are suitable to attend a Chartered Physiotherapist, feel free to contact us for a free telephone consultation, you can be assured that we will inform you if you are not suitable to attend Galway Bay Physio Chartered Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic