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Can Osgood Schlatter Go Away On Its Own & What Are Its Natural Remedies?

Osgood Schlatter disease mainly causes swelling and pain below a child’s kneecap. The pain often becomes worse while your child with jumping, running, going upstairs and walking on hills. If the child has severe pain, he may suffer from limping.(2)

Can Osgood Schlatter Go Away On Its Own?

Osgood Schlatter disease may eventually go away on its own. However, in some cases, children have to undergo treatment procedures depending solely on the severity associated with the symptoms. In some instances, you may feel uncomfortable taking part in any of the sports activities, which may trigger your knee pain but participating in sports is not dangerous for you.

Continuation of your physical activity may help you to retain strength in the quadriceps and various hamstring muscles, as both are important parts related to recovery. During your activities, you have to take certain actions to put a limit on your underlying symptoms.

What Are The Natural Remedies For Osgood Schlatter?

  • Wear suitable shock-absorbing types of insoles in sport’s shoes.
  • Always use a warm and moist compress or a heating pad for a period of about 15 minutes before you should start any of the sports activities.
  • Apply ice bags or ice packs for about 20 minutes after you perform any of the sports-related activities and regularly during the entire day.
  • You should always wear protective pads for shielding the top area of the shinbone.
  • You should elevate the leg by simply placing a pillow below your knee whenever it may hurt you.
  • Make a habit to stretch the thigh muscles i.e. quadriceps and hamstrings for about 2 times to 3 times in one day.
  • You should intake over-the-counter types of medications, especially ibuprofen to deal with both inflammation and pain.
  • You should perform physical exercises for strengthening the quadriceps muscles. This step will help your muscles to pull against your tendons in a uniform way to spread the stress on tendons.

If you experience consistent knee pain, you need to stop playing intensive sports for some time. Alternatively, you may wear a brace or a cast for about six weeks to eight weeks period. However, you should remove the knee braces and casts whenever possible. This is because; wearing such devices for a long time may weaken your muscles and delays your recovery.

Other than this, doctors sometimes recommend hyperosmolar dextrose injection for children suffering from a severe form of Osgood Schlatter disease. However, only an orthopedic surgeon or sports medicine specialist has the right to inject hyperosmolar dextrose to the affected child.(3)

Osgood Schlatter disease refers to the inflammation of patellar ligament at the apophysitis i.e. tibial tuberosity. The disease characterizes a painful bump beneath your knees, which becomes worse with physical activity and becomes better with rest. Episodes related to pain last typically from only a few weeks to many months. The problem may affect anyone or both of the knees. Pain in most cases resolves with time.

Application of ice packs or cold to your affected area, strengthening and stretching exercises, along with rest may help you a lot. Besides, you may get benefit from NSAIDs, like ibuprofen to some extent. Moreover, you should involve in some of the less stressful physical activities, like walking and swimming. Casting your leg for some time may help you. Once the growth slows i.e. during 14 years in girls and 16 years in boys, the pain does not last any more even though you may experience a potential bump.(1)


To conclude, we should say that Osgood Schlatter disease usually goes away without undergoing treatment. However, in some cases, you have to adopt a few of the natural remedies to manage your underlying symptoms easily.


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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:May 8, 2020

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