Growing adolescents

Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome is a knee condition affecting growing adolescents. It causes pain at the front of the knee below the patella (knee cap) at the point at which the patella tendon attaches to the tibial tuberosity (on the shin bone). The pain is usually aggravated during weight bearing or physical activity.

Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome may affect both girls and boys and is often associated with a high level of activity. Girls are generally affected by Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome between the ages of 10-11 where-as boys are generally affected between the ages of 13-14.

Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome is caused by tightness of the quadriceps (thigh) muscle and patella and quadriceps tendons. Damage at the attachment site is caused by contraction of the quadriceps muscle, tightening the tendon. This causes micro tears in the tendon resulting in pain and inflammation.

Your Move Forward Physiotherapist will assess your knee and provide you with an individualised treatment plan to assist in your recovery. With the right treatment Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome usually resolves itself in approximately 12 months.

Your treatment may include:

Activity modification
Gradual return to activity