OrthoTexas, Frisco is a leading group of knee surgeons providing effective treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. They specialize in diagnosing and treating Osgood-Schlatter Disease to help patients find relief from pain.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease, also called the Lannelongue’s disease, is characterized by the development of a painful lump at the point where the tendon from the patella meets the shin bone. It commonly occurs in children involved in sports activities that require a lot of running, changing direction rapidly or jumping. This medical condition is usually attributed to growth spurts before the age of puberty. The lump may develop in one or both the knees and take a few months to subside. Osgood-Schlatter Disease usually does not lead to any long term complications.

Causes Of Osgood-Schlatter Disease

  • Undue pressure on the patellar tendon when it is pulled by the thigh muscles during strenuous physical activities
  • Growth of a bone spur to fill the gap created when the tendon pulls away from the shinbone
  • Irritation of the growth plate at the top of the shin bone
  • Contraction of the quadriceps may lead to pulling away of the patellar tendon from the shin bone

Symptoms Of Osgood-Schlatter Disease

  • Pain that may be mild to severe and tends to get aggravated during physical activities
  • Locking of the joint
  • Inability to move easily, swelling or redness of the knee joint
  • Instability may occur in some cases
  • Kneeling can be difficult and quite painful

Diagnosis Of Osgood-Schlatter Disease

  • Physical examination of the affected knee may be done by the orthopedic doctor to check for severity of symptoms
  • The doctor may ask the patient to kneel to diagnose the condition
  • X-ray imaging may be conducted to determine the underlying cause of the condition

Treatment For Osgood-Schlatter Disease

  • Pain relief medicines and anti inflammatory drugs may be recommended if the patient experiences pain that interferes with daily activities
  • Application of ice packs at regular intervals may help to compress swelling
  • Specific exercises to strengthen the quadriceps and hamstring muscles
  • Use of infrapatellar straps to provide support and protect the affected tendon
  • Immobilization of the knee joint for a few weeks using a removable knee brace
  • Physical therapy for improving flexibility of the knee joint
  • Surgical treatment may be required in severe cases of Osgood-Schlatter Disease in which a part of the bone does not fuse with the joint naturally

For diagnosis and treatment of Osgood-Schlatter Disease, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.