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COMMON CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN IN CHILDREN AND ADOLSCENTS

Posted on January 23, 2018 by Erin Boynton, M.D.

Kids going through a rapid growth spurt are vulnerable to anterior knee pain. This is pain that occurs at the front of the knee and is often due to tendinitis, overload of the knee cap or stress of the growth plate where the patellar tendon inserts (often referred to as Osgood-Schlatter disease). This is often characterized by a painful bump just below the knee that is worse with activity and better with rest. Osgood-Schlatter disease most often occurs in adolescents during growth spurts, when bones, muscles, tendons, and other structures are changing rapidly. Because physical activity puts additional stress on bones and muscles, children who participate in athletics — especially running and jumping sports - are at an increased risk for this condition. However, less active adolescents may also experience this problem. [...]

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