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Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease is often associated with quick growth spurts during adolescence. This disease, usually caused by small, compounding overuse injuries, forms a bony lump below the kneecap. This pain, usually attributed to growing pains, can leave active adolescents sidelined. At Airrosti, we work to pinpoint the root of this pain and treat it directly at the source. This treatment method leads to a faster recovery process and helps prevent future injuries. Unlike traditional methods of treatment, Airrosti’s method eliminates pain in an average of three visits.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease can cause a painful lump below the kneecap in children and adolescents experiencing growth spurts during puberty. It is thought to be the result of small, usually unnoticed, injuries caused by repeated overuse before growth of the area is complete. This repeated stress can cause the tendon to pull away from the shinbone a bit, resulting in the pain and swelling associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease. In some cases, your child’s body may try to close that gap with new bone growth, which can result in a bony lump at that spot.

The disorder, often referred to as “Growing Pains”, is seen most often in active, athletic adolescents, usually between ages 10 and 15. It most often occurs in children who participate in sports that involve running, jumping and swift changes of direction — such as soccer, basketball, figure skating, and ballet.

The pain associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease varies from person to person. Some have only mild pain while performing certain activities, especially running and jumping. For others, the pain is nearly constant and debilitating. It usually occurs in just one knee, but sometimes it develops in both knees. The discomfort can last from weeks to months, and may recur until your child has stopped growing.

While Osgood-Schlatter disease is more common in boys, the gender gap is narrowing as more girls become involved with sports. Age ranges differ by sex because girls experience puberty earlier than boys do. Osgood-Schlatter disease typically occurs in boys ages 13 to 14 and girls ages 11 to 12.

Traditional Treatment Options

Although most cases do get better on their own, recovery typically takes several weeks or months. Adolescents can continue to play sports if the activity does not cause discomfort, but staying active does prolong the recovery period without treatment. As a result, rest and avoidance of athletic activity is usually recommended, along with medication for pain and swelling.

Airrosti’s quality-care approach consistently corrects the cause of Osgood-Schlatter disease to allow for children to enjoy their activities without suffering long-term setbacks.

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