What is Osteochondrosis (Panner’s Disease)?

Osteochondrosis or Panner’s Disease is a rare childhood bone disorder where blood supply to the growth plate in the elbow is temporarily disrupted. It is linked with overuse of the elbow during a young age and typically occurs in young athletes under the age of 10 who participate in throwing sports, such as baseball. Recovery from the disorder is slow, however there are usually no long-term problems following the condition. Panner’s disease is a type of osteochondrosis, where temporary lack of blood supply causes avascular necrosis, where the bone cells begin to die. This leads to deterioration of the growth plate causing temporary problems within the elbow such as pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion. The bone tissue eventually regrows with no long term side effects.

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