Osgood-Schlatters Disease :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Osgood-Schlatters Disease

What is Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease?

  • Increased tension where the patellar tendon attaches at the top of the shin
  • One of the most common causes of knee pain in active children.

What causes Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease?

  • Overuse
  • This pain can occur during periods of rapid growth

What are the symptoms?

  • Knee pain typically during activity, occurring in the front of the knee
  • Knee pain especially with running, jumping, and squatting.
  • Knee pain going up and/or down stairs.

What can I do to feel better?

  • Rest. Do not do things that cause pain.
  • Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time will help decrease swelling and pain.
  • Light stretching of the quadriceps and hamstrings (muscles on the front and back of thigh).

When should I see a medical professional?

  • If rest, ice, and stretching are not improving the condition.
  • If you are uncertain about the severity of the condition.

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