Osgood-Schlatter disease

Original article by Sam Fairclough | Last updated on 29/6/2013
Printer-friendly version
This is a painful condition in which there is injury to the tibial tuberosity where it joins with the patellar tendon. It is commonly found in adolescents who participate in a lot of sporting activities during their growth spurt. The patellar tendon causes damage to the tibial tuberosity due to a combination of increased quadriceps muscle strength, immaturity of the bone and repeated strain. Inflammation and increased bone growth around the tuberosity sometimes creates a palpable bony nodule just below the patellar tendon that may be painful.

There is no specific treatment for Osgood-Schlatter disease as virtually all cases resolve after puberty. Rest and ice packs may help symptoms.