The patella tendon attaches to the tibia (lower leg bone) at the tibial tuberosity (bony prominence below the kneecap). Osgood-Schlatter’s disease results from excessive traction on the tibial tuberosity, causing an inflammatory response at the attachment.
Mechanism of Injury
Lots of activity and sport in teenager’s or children during periods of rapid growth can result in excessive traction.
Pain is felt at the attachment of the tendon to the tibia during and after physical activity.
Pain can be triggered by contraction of the quadriceps against resistance.
Localized tenderness of soft tissue swelling of the attachment of the patellar tendon to the tibia.
The skin may be hot and red.
Tightness of the muscles is often present.
Please consult with your medical professional for a complete diagnosis and treatment plan.