‘GMA’ medical alert: What could be causing the pain in your teenager’s knees? Video

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Now we’ve got that important health alert for parents about youth sports and knee injuries and, Paula, you’re going to take a closer look. Good morning again. The millions suffering are experiencing excruciating pain and while rest, it’s really the best medicine, some kids are choosing to play right through that pain which can lead to a worrisome pattern. 16-year-old Tiffany Lynn loves soccer. And it’s been that way since she was a little girl. So this is ten years ago when she first started playing soccer. Yes. This is Tiffany. One day, Tuesday and Thursdays I have practice. And then on the weekends I have either games or tournaments for my travel club. In addition I usually play a recreational an Fridays and games on the weekends. Reporter: A grueling schedule that started taking a toll on Tiffany’s growing body. You started noticing some severe pains. When did those pains start? I would say around middle school but it wasn’t severe until high school. Was your pain ever so extreme you couldn’t play soccer. Yes. Reporter: That’s when she ended up here at the hospital for special surgery in New York City with Dr. Brett toursdahl and shocking diagnosis. To determine she is Osgood schlodder disease, the bone at the top of the shin becomes painful and inflamed because part of the bone that is still growing becomes dislodged and — by the tendon pulling hard on that part of the knee. It looks like it’s swollen. Is that the syndrome. Yes, it’s my bone that protrudes out. Reporter: It’s estimated 30 million kids participate in youth sports annually. And research suggests that this condition may affect as many as one in five young athletes as they continue to grow. A staggering figure. Many cases due toover use. As a young athlete grows and villes, they have to recognize that there are limits to what their body can sustain before it starts to break down. Reporter: Tiffany’s condition can get…

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