Osgood-Schlatter disease is inflammation of the bone and surrounding soft tissue just below the knee. It occurs at the point where the tibia (shinbone) attaches to the tendon of the kneecap (patellar tendon).
Aspirin is not recommended for children and teens with a current or recent viral infection. Check with your doctor before giving aspirin to a child or teen.)
In severe cases, local injection of cortisone can reduce inflammation and pain.
If the patellar tendon has pulled away from the shinbone, surgery may be needed to repair the tendon and remove fragments of bone.
To prevent the occurrence or recurrence of Osgood-Schlatter disease:
Encourage overweight children to lose weight.
Encourage susceptible children to exercise regularly but moderately, and to avoid weight-bearing activities that put excessive stress on the patellar tendon. These include jogging, jumping, and sudden turning.
Ask your child's doctor for stretching and strengthening exercises for the shinbone/patellar tendon.
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a