If you have developed a knot at the top of your leg bone where the patellar (knee cap) tendon connects to the tibia, you probably have what is called Osgood-Schlatter Disease.  This usually happens when you are 12 or 13 years old, but can occur later on in your life. It can be associated with sports played on hard floors like basketball or with jobs that include a lot of climbing or kneeling.  The knot is local swelling over the tibial tuberosity (a raised surface on the tibia bone where the patellar tendon attaches).  

Rest and ice will help decrease pain.  Stretching and strengthening are also recommended to improve pain and weakness as well as loss of function.  If you do continue to participate in activities a special brace or strap can be worn to decrease the painful conditions.

I’m Steve Taylor, Physical Therapist of Southern Physical and Occupational Therapy Services

Moving You To A Pain-Free Lifestyle



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