Osgood Schlatter’s Disease (OSD) is a common cause of knee pain in young, active adolescents. OSD is an overuse injury, characterised by inflammation of the tibial tuberosity growth plate where the patella tendon attaches. It occurs predominately in boys aged 12-14 and less commonly in girls aged 10-13. Other risk factors for developing OSD include high levels of activity during growth phases, sports that require large amounts of running, jumping and changing direction and tight quadricep muscles.
Symptoms of Osgood Schlatter’s Disease include pain, swelling and tenderness just below the knee, Adolescents generally report worsening of symptoms with jumping, stairs, running and kneeling on the affected area.
If you have been clinically diagnosed with OSD the treatment may include reduction of aggravating activities such as running and jumping. Taping and medication for short term relief. Quadricep stretching, strengthening of the muscles around the knee including hamstrings, quadriceps, calves and hip muscles and in some cases orthotics.