Osgood Schlatters describes knee pain typically found in young athletes, aged 9 -16, at the front of the knee. Traction apophysitis of the tibial tuberosity, that is a mouthful, which translates from medical jargon as traction caused by the patellar tendon at the front of the shin bone. It refers to the injury of the growth plate of the tibia, which can happen during a growth spurt and the repetitive strain from the strong pull of the quadriceps muscle during sporting activities. Osgood Schlatters is a very annoying pain and limits your ability to run, jump, hop, land, and accelerate due to the pain.
The condition is named after American orthopaedic surgeon, Robert Osgood, and Swiss surgeon, Carl Schlatter, who described the symptoms associated with the injury in 1903.
Osgood Schlatters Disease occurs in adolescents, aged 9 – 16 years, which coincides with periods of growth spurts where height, and attitude, increase in a short period of time. It occurs more frequently in boys, with a male to female ratio of 3:1. Symptoms may occur bilaterally, both sides, at the same time. As though puberty, transitioning to high school and acne isn’t enough of a challenge during this age, Osgood Schlatters can hamper your sporting performance too. The pain progressively gets worse over time.