Knee Pain in Kids…. It could be Osgood-Schlatter Disease!

posted Jun 26, 2012, 7:35 PM by LASP Team

Funny name, but what is it!?

Does your teenager often complain of knee pain? They’re not alone!  The Osgood-Schlatter (say ‘oz-good shlat-ter’) condition is common in active, rapidly growing teenagers.

During growth spurts, the muscles around the knees can become very tight. This involves a part of the knee called the tibial tuberosity, which you will notice is the bump just below your knee-cap (patella).
Pre-teens and young teens (between 11-14 years old) are often affected by Osgood-Schlatter because the bones are growing fast at this age. 

Being super keen on sport unfortunately might add to the problem. Any activity can cause Osgood-Schlatter, but it’s more common in activities that involve a lot of jumping and cutting, like basketball, netball, volleyball, soccer and gymnastics.

The good news is that you can help treat the pain in the knee by using the RICE protocol.


(R) Rest the knee from the painful activity 

(I) Ice the affected area for 20 minutes every 2 hours

(C) Compress the painful area with an elastic bandage

(E) Elevate the leg


If the knee remains uncomfortable during this time, you should consult a Physiotherapist.

A consultation with a Physiotherapist involves looking at how the knee is moving, for example, running style, knee-cap angle/position or how you play sport. These factors may contribute to the problem during your growth spurt. 

Following this assessment the Physiotherapist will commence treatment. This could involve a range of techniques such as massage, joint movements, stretches or strengthening exercises to name a few. Small changes can help reduce the pain they are experiencing.

To make an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists, contact us (02) 4746 3373.