Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter Disease


Osgood-Schlatter Disease, which is actually a condition rather than disease, is an inflammation just below the patella that occurs predominantly in preadolescents as a result of stress to the growth plate. It is assumed that Osgood-Schlatter Disease occurs as a result of overuse or minor abuse of the quadriceps muscles, which are in mid-growth during adolescence. Osgood-Schlatter Disease usually dissipates over time; however the symptoms of pain and swelling can be treated by Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

Treatment Options:


In more serious cases where NSAIDs are ineffective, a cortisone injection is administered to relieve inflammation and pain over a longer period of time.


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are typically the treatment option pursued as they can be very effective in reducing inflammation associated with Osgood-Schlatter Disease.

Physical Therapy

Most treatments are accompanied with physical therapy to restore muscle strength, allowing the affected individual to return to active participation in chosen activities.

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