Osgood Schlatters

By Noah Cooper

Background Information

Osgood Schlatters is a disease that is caused by inflammation of the knee from long distance running sports such as running, soccer, track and field, and basketball. Also occurs from growth spurts in teens. Exercises that include the knee can encourage the pain. Sports like skiing and snowboarding can also make this disease worsen.

Target Population

This disease occurs mainly in young athletic adults from ages 9-18. It also occurs in both males and females.
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System Info

Osgood Schlatters targets the skeletal and muscular system. It is caused by inflammation right below the knee cap. It is when you overuse the Knee cap and the bone right below it comes out and makes the knee swollen. What happens is that the tendon tugs on the bone and worsens with activity.
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Diagnosis/Signs

If you go to the doctors they can usually tell whether you have it or not. In very rare cases they will have to take a X-Ray. The way that they can tell is that there is a bump on your knee(right below the knee cap) and they will apply little pressure and see if it hurts.
Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Treatment

Lots of rest and taking a break from sports will also help. If your doctor says you can you can get a basic knee brace. If you do end up continuing to play sports than after games you should always do 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off with ice and that will help with making the swelling go down.

Connections

This project mainly interest me because a few of my friends, including me have Osgood Schlatters. I wanted to know more about how it affected your life and also how you can heal it so that I could tell my friends about the disease.

Prognosis

Osgood Schlatters does not have a deep impact on your life besides affecting the sports that you play. You still have a normal life expectancy.