Osgood Schlatters Disease


A common condition occurring in 10-12 year old females as well as boys between the ages of 13-15 years. The condition involves traction on an area of growth(growth plate) just below the knee cap leading to pain.


The most common symptoms associated with Osgood Schlatters Disease include:

  • Aching.
  • Swelling.
  • Limping.

The most common causes of Osgood Schlatters Disease include:

  • High levels of activity.
  • Rapid growth.
  • Repetitive jumping.
  • Abrupt start and stopping activities.

The condition will often cease to be a problem once the growth plate closes. Children are often recommended relative rest. Essentially, this means a decrease in activity relative to the child’s typical activity level. Additionally, ice and stretching can be helpful. A small patellar strap placed just above the patellar tendon can also provide relief during the times in which the child is active.