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What Are The First Symptoms Of Osgood Schlatter & How Do You Test For It?

If your young adolescent has knee pain, your child may suffer from a disorder known as Osgood-Schlatter disease. The disorder is at times believed to be as knee inflammation and it involves adolescents usually between the ages of 9 and 14 years.

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a painful condition that affects the knees of growing adolescents. Treatment is centered on lowering pain and usually entails the limitation of physical exercises until the pain and swelling resolve. By understanding the first things you should do, you can make sure you get the proper treatment at the proper time for your child’s Osgood-Schlatter disease.

What Are The First Symptoms Of Osgood Schlatter?

Osgood-Schlatter disorder typically happens in just one knee, but occasionally it happens in both knees. It is believed that strain on the bone from the tendon pulling it during exercises resulting in Osgood-Schlatter disease.

The initial detection and therapy of Osgood-Schlatter infection can aid conquer these anxieties. How do you realize if your teenager has OSD? Due to an absence of correct classification, it is challenging to distinguish OS disorder from avulsion fractures of the tibial tubercle.

Some signs are as follows:

  • Pain, swelling, or tenderness at the point where the tendon from the kneecap below the shinbone.
  • A painful, bony bump can also appear on the front of the knee below the kneecap that is worse with activity and better with rest. It usually occurs in children and adolescents experiencing growth spurts during puberty. Your young adolescent will constantly have a bump even after the pain has resolved on its own.
  • Pain during an activity at the anterior of the knee/tibial tuberosity.1,2

Warning signs typically seem around adolescence (9-13 years) when you are experiencing a growth phase. Generally, only one knee is uncomfortable with soreness, but there is a probability that both can be impacted. The analysis is evident from the classic signs. No x-rays or MRI’s are required.

The large quadriceps muscle on the front of the thigh pulls on the kneecap (patella) and the patellar tendon, to straighten the knee. The patellar tendon attaches to the front of the shin bone (tibial tuberosity). It is believed that recurrent stress and strain in the region of this attachment can trigger soreness and distress. As this heals a hard-bony bump may develop.3

How Do You Test For Osgood Schlatter?

The most important downside is lacking to detect another disorder that may lead to long-lasting perpetual injury. Several other disorders have a more distressing medical assessment or clinical past. Hence, it is crucial to get radiographs and contemplate the likelihood of a described pain disease from the hip.

Your teenager’s physician or chiropractor can detect Osgood-Schlatter disease with a comprehensive health record and physical analysis of your young adult’s knee. A physician will do a physical examination and examine your child’s knee for swelling, pain, and inflammation. This will typically give the physician with sufficient evidence to make an Osgood-Schlatter disorder analysis. In some cases, the doctor may want to perform a bone X-ray to look at the kneecap and to rule out other potential causes of knee pain such as a fracture.

The physical exam involves the age of your child as well as the sport/activity in which the child is involved and has caused this condition. Before your appointment, note down the doubts you want to be answered. During your meeting, be familiar with the terminology of a new diagnosis, and any anti-inflammatory drugs, treatments, or tests. Furthermore, make sure you understand all the advice and restrictions your doctor gives you for your teenager.4,5


  1. Osgood-Schlatter disease – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osgood-schlatter-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20354864
  2. Osgood-Schlatter Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment | UPMC https://www.upmc.com/services/sports-medicine/conditions/osgood-schlatter
  3. What are the signs and symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD)? https://www.medscape.com/answers/1993268-112536/what-are-the-signs-and-symptoms-of-osgood-schlatter-disease-osd
  4. Osgood-Schlatter Disease: Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatments https://www.healthline.com/health/osgood-schlatter-disease
  5. Osgood-Schlatter Disease: Diagnosis and Tests https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/21171-osgood-schlatter-disease/diagnosis-and-tests

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Last Modified On:May 1, 2020

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