Knee Pain in Children

Osgoods Schlatter’s Disease

Osgood Schlatter’s Disease is a tibial tuberosity apophysitis, which is the medical name for inflammed bone at the site of the tibial tuberosity growth plate, in children.
Osgood Schlatter’s disease is an inflammation of the bone at the top of the tibia (shin bone), where the tendon from the patella (kneecap) attaches. It is an overuse knee injury rather than a traumatic injury.
While Osgood Schlatter’s disease is a relatively uncommon, it is a quite debilitating knee injury that occurs in young active children/adolescents.

What the Symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease?
Osgood Schlatter’s disease presents in growing boys and girls as:

  • Local pain, swelling, and tenderness over the tibial tuberosity at the attachment of the patellar tendon.
  • Pain is experienced during exercise (e.g., running, jumping) or with a direct contact, such as in kneeling.
  • Stairs, squatting and kneeling may be painful.
  • Quadriceps weakness can be present is chronic cases.
  • Bilateral symptoms occur in 20-30% of cases.
  • The apophysis may be enlarged in later stages, which looks like a lump that is tender in its active phase.