Knee Issue Diagnosis

multiple possibilities

Medical Diagnosis

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.

Your Knee Issues

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.

Common Knee Injuries
Issue Symptoms
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.

Before Pictures

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.

OSD knee before surgery
Osgood-Schlatter Disease knee x-ray

Alternatives To Surgery

There are two main alternatives to surgery:

  1. Ice and medication to control swelling and pain
  2. Reduce physical activity

Neither were appealing to me, since I did not want to take medication or stop activities.