Besides the Osgood-Schlatter Disease, I was also diagnosed with chondromalacia, an irritation of the undersurface or patella of the kneecap.
The doctor suspected that I might have some torn meniscus, but he would not be able to know until the arthroscopy. As it later turned out, I did not have torn meniscus.
You may have multiple issues going on in your knee. OSD might be only one of them.
Here is a list of a few common knee ailments that could occur together.
|OSD||Bump and pain in patellar tendon|
|Chondromalacia||Swelling and tenderness in kneecap|
|Torn Meniscus||Clicking sounds, locking, or knee pain under load|
|Torn ACL||A pop, followed by pain and swelling of the knee|
|Arthritis||Persistent knee pain, morning stiffness, reduced function|
To recap, my knee issues were OSD and chondromalacia.
Can you guess which knee has OSD? The pictures of the two knees show the discrepancy between the healthy knee (patient's right) and the OSD knee (patient's left).
The patient's left knee is larger due to scaring, bone ossicles, and bone build up from the Osgood-Schlatter Disease.
There are two main alternatives to surgery:
Neither were appealing to me, since I did not want to take medication or stop activities.