Month: August 2012

Osgood-Schlatter syndrome

Osgood-Schlatter syndrome it’s really not a disease, but an overuse injury of the knee. This is one of the most common causes of knee pain in adolescents.

The condition affects guys and girls, (boys ages 13 to 14 and girls ages 11 to 12) especially who are active in sports or participating in competitive sports, involving deep knee bends, jumping, and running, and swift changes of direction. (soccer, basketball, skating, volleyball, etc.) Usually only one knee is affected, but both can be.

Osgood-Schlatter syndrome is mainly diagnosed by:

  • physical examination
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound scan.
  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)

Risc factors:

  • Age between 11 and 15 years
  • Male sex
  • Rapid skeletal growth
  • Repetitive jumping sports
  • Tight quadriceps (front thigh) muscles,
  • Tight hamstrings (back thigh) muscles (more…)