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.