Home   Health    Children's health    Musculoskeletal    Osgood-schlatter disease
Search

Extras
  • LeDiet
Child musculoskeletal disorders
 
Your name:
Your email*:
Friend’s name:
Friend’s email*:
Message:
*Required
Your message has been sent.

Osgood-schlatter disease

AGE  Most common between the ages of 10 and 14GENDER  Much more common in boys
LIFESTYLE  Strenuous activity aggravates the symptomsGENETICS  Not a significant factor

Osgood-schlatter disease is an inflammation of the front of the tibia (shinbone) below the knee.

Osgood-schlatter disease
© Jupiter

In Osgood-Schlatter disease, fragments of cartilage become loose at the front of the tibia (shinbone) just below the knee at the point where a large tendon is attached. The condition is caused by repetitive strong pulls on the tendon that attaches the muscle at the front of the thigh to the tibia. The symptoms include tenderness, swelling, and pain in the affected area and appear slowly over several weeks or months. Physical exercise tends to make the symptoms worse. Osgood-Schlatter disease is most common in boys aged 10-14 who take regular strenuous exercise. The disease usually occurs in only one leg, but in about 1 in 5 cases both legs are affected.

If your doctor suspects that your child has Osgood-Schlatter disease, he or she may arrange for X-rays of the affected area to confirm the diagnosis. In most cases, no treatment is required apart from rest and painkillers to ease the discomfort. In rare cases, if the condition persists, the affected knee may be immobilized in a cast for 6-8 weeks. Treatment is usually successful, and the disorder rarely recurs. Severely affected children may be advised to avoid strenuous exercise until they are over the age of 14 and the musculoskeletal system has matured.

Posted 09.09.2010

ADS GOOGLE

Useful links:

Get more on this subject…


Search

Newsletter