What is Osgood Schlatter Disease?


Osgood-Schlatter Disease is also known as apophysitis of the tibial tuberosity.

It is a knee condition commonly seen in teenagers who are very active.

The child will generally complain of pain and maybe swelling over the tibial tuberosity, which the bone where the Quadriceps tendon attaches, when or after running, jumping or any physical activities.  The pain often settles after a few hours but can last a few days.

This is caused by the Quadriceps tendon pulling too much on the bone which results in inflammation of the insertion and can lead to, in the worst cases,  a bit of of bone coming off (we call that an avulsion).



It sounds HORRIBLE. But really it is not that bad.


You can see why you want your child to be checked and the RIGHT PHYSIO programme needs to be put in place.


How can PHYSIO help children with Osgood Schlatter?


First, we will assess your child and confirm the diagnosis.

There are  a few other conditions that are similar to Osgood-Schlatter but will be treated differently.

Common other knee pain can be caused by:

  • Patellar tendinopathies (tendinitis)
  • Patella Maltracking
  • Muscle tears
  • Jumper’s knee
  • Infrapatellar bursistis

We will check the range of movement of your child’s hips, knees and ankles, check their muscles strength and their abilities to move (squatting, lunges, jumps for example).

We also check that they do not have flat feet (Flat feet can give a lot of knee pain).

Once the diagnosis made, depending of the level of pain, we will put a treatment programme in place to allow them to either continue to move normally or get them back to exercise as quickly as possible.


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If your child has knee pain but you are not sure what to do about it, just drop us an email explaining what is going on.

We will call you back and have a chat and see what can be done about it. (And this is FREE by the way…)