Osgood-Schlatter disease – the facts!

Kids these days are playing more and more sport and naturally, there will be an increase in adolescent injuries.

One of the more common adolescent condition is an overuse condition of the knee in young athletes.

This is called Osgood-Schlatter disease. It usually affects boy aged 11-15 and girls aged 8-13.

It has a higher incidence of occurring in sports that require a high level of impact and running.

It is a apophysitis (normal bony outgrowth, the site of a tendon or ligament attachment) of the tibial tuberosity.

What causes it?

What does it look like?

What to do to manage it?

The symptoms can settle within a few days or a few weeks, depending on severity and pain levels. 90% of cases are managed non-operatively, using a conservative physiotherapy approach instead.

Once the child is fully grown and the growth plates are closed and the bones are fused the symptoms often completely resolve.