Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Also known as: OSD, traction apophysitis of the tibial tubercle

What is Osgood-Schlatter disease?

Osgood-Schlatter disease is an irritation of the growth center at the upper part of the shin bone. 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?

Knee pain is the primary symptom of Osgood-Schlatter disease. It can range from mild to severe. Children with Osgood-Schlatter can also have swelling at the growth center resulting in a bump.

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 also improve symptoms.

Reviewed by: Alexandra Lewis, CPNP-PC

This page was last updated on: April 23, 2024 10:18 AM

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