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Also known as: OSD
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.
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.
Pain is the primary symptom of Osgood-Schlatter disease. It can range from mild to severe and usually only affects one knee.
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
Children’s orthopedic care needs are different from those of adults. Read more here to learn how our services are tailored to address the unique needs of children and teens.
Overuse injuries of the knee are problems that occur with the knees due to performing a repetitive motion. They include issues such as runner’s knee, IT band syndrome, patellar tendinitis and others.
Physical therapy is a form of therapy that helps people rehabilitate through exercises, stretching and orthopedics in order to regain the mobility and function of their bodies.