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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Osgood-Schlatter Disease
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Answer: This is probably an inherited tendency and will need several months of rest. She may experience pain again with exercise and exercises do little for the problem;but, do maintain leg strength while immobilized and important issue.
Answer: Osgood-Schlatter Disease is also referred to as Chromalacia Patellae. This is seen in teens and young adults who have knee pain. The pain is actually on the patellae and is due to inflammation/degeneration of the patellar surface on the inside of the patellae. This can be due to trauma, misalignment, etc. Treatment is non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, pt and occasionally surgery to correct misalignment.
Answer: Osgood-Schlatter's Disease is inflammation and pain on the patella. This is usually seen in teenagers who jump and exercise a great deal, cheerleaders, basketball players, etc. It would be somewhat unusual for OS Disease to present at your age unless you have a long history of this problem. However, the diagnosis is made by pressing the kneecap(patella) against the femur(leg bone) while contracting the quadriceps. If this gives pain your patella is inflamed. Rest, NSAIDS like you have been prescribed and physical therapy are usually all that is required. In recurrent and severe cases realignment of the patellar tendon can occasionally help, but this is a last resort.
Answer: Osgood-Schlatter Disease is inflammation and degradation of the
cartilage on the patella. This is usually on the posterior side (the side that is used for
a lever in the leg to increase power). This is usually seen in young adults and
teen-agers. It severely limits their ability to jump and engage in high impact sports.
There is a large debate on whether this is congenital or acquired by excessive use.
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