Osgood Schlatters, Injury Rehabilitation
Why is it Called Osgood Schlatters?
Osgood Schlatter Disease is also known as Osgood, OSD, Osgood Schlatters, growing pains, traction apophysitis and plenty more!
The condition occurs in children and teenagers, most commonly between the ages of 10-18 and is usually associated with rapid period of growth.
Pain is localised at the bottom of the patella tendon on the very top of the shin. This pain is usually made worse by high intensity exercise and can sometimes become painful at night time.
Osgood Schlatters was first discovered and described in 1903 by two surgeons who found it independent of each other, on opposite sides of the world.
The first Robert Osgood (1873–1956), was an American orthopedic surgeon, and the second Carl B. Schlatter (1864–1934), a Swiss surgeon have been immortalised for their work in discovering and describing the specific pain on the tibial tubercle in rapidly growing adolescents.
Why a disease?
While it is most commonly referred to as Osgood Schlatter Disease, it is possibly more accurate to be considered an injury or a condition as it is often brought about by the combination of rapidly growing bones and high activity levels leading to overuse and stress on the patella tendon.
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