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What could be causing the pain in your teenager's knees?

Good Morning America—June 29, 2017

ABC’s Good Morning America featured HSS primary care sports medicine physician Brett G. Toresdahl, MD, and his patient Tiffany in a segment discussing overuse injuries in youth athletes.

Tiffany is a high school soccer player who practices nearly every day of the week. She started feeling severe pain on her knee and consulted Dr. Toresdahl who diagnosed her with Osgood-Schlatter disease. "It’s a condition where the bone at the top of the shin becomes painful and inflamed because part of the bone that is still growing becomes dislodged by the tendon that is pulling hard on that part of the knee," said Dr. Toresdahl.

According to ABC, it is estimated that this condition might affect 1 in 5 athletes as they continue to grow due to overuse.

"As a young athlete grows and develops, they have to recognize that there are limits to what their body can sustain before it starts to break down," added Dr. Toresdahl.

Tiffany’s condition is getting better with rest, and she hopes to continue to play soccer through college and beyond.

Watch the full segment at abcnews.go.com

 

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