Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease Treatment

Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease (OSD) is a condition affecting adolescents where the area below the knee becomes inflamed.

This condition occurs when adolescents are going through growth spurts and consequently pressure is added to the rapidly changing bones and muscles during sport.

At Vitalis Physiotherapy, our specialised treatment aims to:

What is Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease?

OSD is irritation and swelling of the growth plate at the top of the shinbone. Additionally, in OSD there may also be inflammation at the patellar tendon. This condition most commonly occurs during the pubertal growth spurt of children that play sports that require a lot of jumping and/or running.

During growth, bones grow from the ends, rather than the middle, and develop into cartilage before it matures into bone. Cartilage is not as strong as bones are, and the added stress of exercise can cause the growth plate to become painful.


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What are the causes of Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease?

It is caused by the patellar tendon pulling on the growth plate at the shinbone.

During exercise, this movement happens repeatedly causing injury to the growth plate, thus, pain.


What are the symptoms?

  • Pain when straightening the knee
  • Pain when running or using stairs
  • Red and inflamed skin over the knee
  • Severe pain may lead to limping

Treatment for OSD

Your physiotherapist may also recommend a knee brace or strapping to help relieve pressure on the affected area.

What can I do at home?

There are several things you can do from home to help relieve the pain of OSD.

They include:

  • Resting the knee and limiting physical activity
  • Icing the inflamed area every 1-2 hours for 15-minutes
  • Anti-inflammatories if approved by a healthcare provider
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How to book an appointment?

If you think that you may be suffering from Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease, or you’re looking for a ‘physiotherapist near me’, our team at Vitalis Physiotherapy can assess and diagnose the condition. They will then tailor your treatment plan to aid in your pain relief and recovery.

All you need to do is just give us a call on 0410 559 856 and request an initial appointment. Please let our friendly reception staff know the background and severity of your condition.

You can visit our FAQs for more information about appointments at Vitalis Physiotherapy.

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Are you suffering with Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease? Contact Vitalis Physiotherapy now to book in your treatment.

Call our friendly team on 0410 559 856. We’d love to help.

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