Osgood Schlatters disease is a painful condition occurring in young athletes affecting the upper part of the shin where the quadriceps tendon inserts into the shin bone. Its is believed that with the growing skeleton the the tendon is too strong for the bony attachment.
Symptoms include: Local pain, swelling and tenderness below the knee. The area may be red and heated. Symptoms are exacerbated with activity and improve with rest.
Prognosis: the condition will generally resolve in 3-6 months though a persistent swelling may remain. The knee joint structure and function will be unaffected by the time of resolution. Non-pharmaceutical management involves 1. Avoidance of aggravating activities. 2. Local ice application. 3. Physiotherapist prescribed exercises. 4. Always follow the advice of your treating health professional.