Osgood Schlatters Disease

Osgood Schlatters is a complication of growing too fast. As our bodies grow during rapid growth periods, the bones have a tendency to grow too fast for the surrounding muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues.

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Osgood Schlatters Disease

Osgod Schlatters will generally begin occurring during periods of maximm growth. The condition is usually self-limiting, and when growth settles the symptoms will settle. Often symptoms will increase or decrease depending on how growth spurts: Symptoms can include:

  • Pain or aching in the front of the knee. It can occur on one or both legs
  • Pain is uaually first noticed during exercise and is more common with jumping, high impact sports
  • As symptoms worsen pain can be felt for 2-3 days after the cessation of activity

Osgood Schlatters Disease

One of the areas commonly affected is where the patella tendon attatches to the shin bone. The patella tendon pulls on its attatchment which is weaker due to the presence of a growth plate. The growth plate can become irritated by this extra force, creating pain inflammation and sometimes swelling. Osgood Schlatters usually occurs in association with high levels of activity and periods of rapid growth.

Treatment and management options

  • Education regarding the fact the condition is self-limiting
  • Anti-inflammatory strategies to help reduce the amount of inflammation occurring during and after exercise – e.g. compression, elevation of the knee
  • Modification or reduction of activity levels during periods of symptom aggravation
  • Taping to offload the patella tendon’s attatchment to the tibial tuberosity
  • Your physio may give you some strengthening and stretching exercercises to build up and lengthen thigh muscles

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