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Osgood-Schlatter Disease

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Medically Reviewed Sep 2021 | Modified Sep 2022
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What is Osgood-Schlatter disease?

Osgood-Schlatter disease is painful inflammation of the bone and cartilage at the top of a child's lower leg (shinbone).

  • Osgood-Schlatter usually happens to children 10 to 15 years old who are active in sports

  • It's caused by overuse of the leg

  • Your child will have pain, swelling, and tenderness in one knee

  • Doctors treat Osgood-Schlatter disease with pain medicine and rest

What are the symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease?

Symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter include:

  • Pain, swelling, and tenderness at the front of the knee, just below the kneecap

  • Pain that gets worse with activity and better with rest

Symptoms are usually in just one knee.

How can doctors tell if my child has Osgood-Schlatter disease?

Doctors can tell if your child has Osgood-Schlatter by asking about your child's symptoms and doing a physical exam. Sometimes, doctors do x-rays.

How do doctors treat Osgood-Schlatter disease?

Doctors will have your child:

  • Rest and avoid deep knee bends

  • Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine (NSAIDS), such as ibuprofen

  • Do stretching exercises

  • Apply ice to the knee

Usually children can continue to play sports while healing. Symptoms typically go away after several weeks or months.

If the disease is severe, doctors may:

  • Put a cast on the leg

  • Give corticosteroid shots

  • Do surgery

Drugs Mentioned In This Article

Generic Name Select Brand Names
Advil, Advil Children's, Advil Children's Fever, Advil Infants', Advil Junior Strength, Advil Migraine, Caldolor, Children's Ibuprofen, ElixSure IB, Genpril , Ibren , IBU, Midol, Midol Cramps and Body Aches, Motrin, Motrin Children's, Motrin IB, Motrin Infants', Motrin Junior Strength, Motrin Migraine Pain, PediaCare Children's Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer IB, PediaCare Infants' Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer IB, Samson-8
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