Osgood-Schlatters disease is actually not a disease at all, but a condition that occurs most commonly in adolescent boys during their growing years. It normally appears between the ages of 10 and 16. It can affect girls as well. This condition occurs when the tibial tuberosity, which is a bony prominence that is located below your knee, becomes inflamed. This inflammation is caused when the quadriceps pull on the patellar tendons and they, in turn, pull away from the shin bone. This condition can occur in one knee or bilaterally. This condition is more prominent in young people who are very athletic. Pain, swelling below the kneecap, and tenderness are all symptoms of Osgood-Schlatters disease.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is best to see your doctor so that appropriate treatment can be discussed. Treatment options that he might recommend will probably include heat or ice to the area and rest. In addition, an x-ray might be in order to determine any damage to the area. In severe cases, casting of the area could be recommended. Pain can be relieved by taking an over-the-counter pain reliever. There area various exercises that might be suggested as well.
Having Osgood-Schlatters disease will not prevent you from any athletics that you might enjoy. They will still be possible, but proper equipment and management will need to be taken to ensure further damage to your knees. Wearing protective knee pads will certainly be a step in the right direction to aid in supporting the area. Your doctor will most likely have further recommendations for you as well. Taking care of the problem at the start will help prevent any further injuries and will help you to continue your athletic participation.