Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Also known as: OSD

What is Osgood-Schlatter disease?

Osgood-Schlatter disease is an irritation of the growth center at the knee joint. This occurs in adolescents as they experience the growth spurt related to puberty. The primary sign is a lump below the kneecap bone that causes pain.

What causes Osgood-Schlatter disease?

Overuse injuries from athletics and other activities contribute to Osgood-Schlatter disease. When paired with the rapid growth that occurs during adolescence, the symptoms of the disease are more likely to occur.

What are the symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease?

Pain is the primary symptom of Osgood-Schlatter disease. It can range from mild to severe and usually only affects one knee.

What are Osgood-Schlatter disease care options?

Osgood-Schlatter disease often resolves on its own over time. Over-the-counter pain medications and physical therapy can help with managing the symptoms in the meantime. Flexibility at the thigh can improve symptoms.


Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle, MD

This page was last updated on: August 19, 2020 02:35 PM

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