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Culprit's MO

The excessive use of the legs in sports while a child is going through a growth spurt


-Children (primarily males)

-Those who play soccer, basketball, volleyball, and gymnast

-Anyone who hasn't stopped growing

You're in Danger If...

-You feel pain on the bump of the upper or lower knee (in either leg, or both)

-Have leg/knee pain when running, jumping, or climbing stairs

-Have swelling above the knee associated with pain

-If the area above the knee is tender to the touch

How to Get Help

-Decrease your activity when you realize you're in danger

-Put ice on the affected area 2-4 times a day after activities

-Take any medication ranging from Ibuprofen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or Acetaminophen (Tylenol)

-Taking a small intermission from the sport from any time between 1 day, and several months

Who to Thank for the Heads-Up...

-"Osgood-Schlatter Disease: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia." U.S National Library of Medicine. Accessed December 11, 2015. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001258.htm.

-"Osgood-Schlatter Disease." » August 2014 –. Accessed December 11, 2015. http://www.alltherapy.net/aug-2014/.