Ask An Orthopedist: Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Calendar December 20, 2016

Question: I’ve had Osgood-Schlatter Disease since I was a child. I never treated it growing up, nor have I ever been in pain from it. I have large bumps underneath each knee and was wondering if there was a way to remove them?

The bumps you feel and see are bone, and they will never go away.  While it is possible to surgically remove or at least decrease the size of the bumps, it is a little tricky because the tendon that helps you straighten your leg is attached to the bone and you definitely don’t want to damage or weaken the tendon.  Surgery is usually done only for the very few that have pain while running, jumping, exercising, etc.

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