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Osgood-Schlatter's Disease

Medical Definition: Enlarged tibial tuberosity causing inflammation of the patellar tendon at the location where the patellar tendon inserts into the tibial tubercle. Common in young, male athletes.

Causes:
During growth spurts in young athletes, the quadriceps muscle, which is much stronger than the patellar tendon, can pull away the patellar tendon from the tibia, causing pain.

Symptoms:
Pain and/or tenderness just below the kneecap at the patellar tendon insertion on the tibial tubernacle.

Recommended Treatment: R.I.C.E.
- Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Reduce activity to promote healing. Strengthen surrounding muscles with a professionally recommended program. Apply Ice for 10-15 minutes after each workout to reduce inflammation and pain. A proper stretching routine is highly recommended pre and post workouts. As with any orthopedic injury, a consultation with a sports medicine professional is recommended.

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