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Osgood Schlatters Disease

Osgood Schlatters Disease (Tibial Tuberosity Apophysitis)

DESCRIPTION

Osgood Schlatters disease is an inflammatory condition which affects the insertion of the patella tendon into the tibia (shin bone).

It is a common condition in the athletic paediatric population (up to 20% of athletic children).  It affects boys more commonly than girls. It can occur in both knees in approximately 25% of cases, but typically only 1 side is symptomatic at a time.

Symptoms are commonly worse during periods of rapid growth, and are activity related. The pain is rarely intense enough to limit day to day activities.

On examination there may be a tender lump at the front of the knee, and the knee may have reduced flexibility.

Normally it is diagnosed on clinical examination and X Rays

Black arrows indicate the inflammation of the growth plate
Osgood Schlatters disease affects the insertion of the patella tendon into the tibial tuberosity and commonly causes a firm lump at the front of the knee (circled).
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