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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.

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.

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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