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Osgood-Schlatter disease causes a painful, bony bump below the knee on the shinbone. Children and adolescents that are still going through growth spurts during puberty are the primary candidates for this disease. This painful occurrence happens mostly in children who are involved in sports that entail running, jumping, and changing direction quickly like soccer, basketball, figure skating, or ballet.

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1. The Disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease also referred to as OSD, is an inflammation of bone, cartilage, and tendon at the top of the shinbone. This swelling happens where the muscle from the kneecap is attached. It's not a disease, but an injury that occurs when overused. OSD is one of the most common causes of knee pain in adolescents. It tends to be quite painful but usually goes away within 12 to 24 months. Often, just one knee is affected.

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