at Petersfield Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic

Osgood-Schlatter Disease

This knee condition affects active, sporty children, particularly boys, during a growth spurt when the bones and muscles grow at different rates. The thigh muscles (quads) attach to the top of the shin bone (tibia) through the patella tendon and, if the muscles and tendon are tight, they will pull on the bone causing a painful swollen lump just below the kneecap. The pain is aggravated by exercise, particularly jumping, kicking and running sports and is eased by rest.

What can Petersfield Physio do to help Osgood-Schlatter Disease?

As this is caused by the muscles being tight during a growth spurt, a good stretching regime is essential. We can teach you the right way to stretch and strengthen the leg muscles. It may be necessary to avoid playing certain sports for a while so we can advise on alternatives or changes to training. Ice over the tender area can help reduce the inflammation.