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Osgood-Schlatter - What is it and how can it be treated?

Updated: Oct 10, 2023

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common cause of knee pain in growing adolescents. It is an inflammation of the area just below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap (patellar tendon) attaches to the shinbone (tibia).

Osgood-Schlatter disease most often occurs during growth spurts, when bones, muscles, tendons, and other structures are changing rapidly. Because physical activity puts additional stress on bones and muscles, children who participate in athletics — especially running and jumping sports — are at an increased risk for this condition.

Specific strengthening exercises for the area, as well as modifying activity and sports participation, are often needed to help manage the symptoms of this condition. It is very important that activity is not totally ceased, as this may actually increase the likelihood for recurrence once the adolescent returns to sport or exercise. For expert advice on the management of Osgood Schlatter's Disease, our physiotherapists can assist you every step of the way!

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