Osgood Schlatters is a very common injury in early adolescence and is particularly common in boys. Typically pain is felt at the front of knee below the kneecap. Osgood Schlatters falls into the category of conditions called “traction apophysitis”. It is essentially pain and sometimes swelling felt at the attachment of the patella tendon to the shin-bone called the tibia. As children go through growth spurts the soft tissue can sometimes struggle to keep up with the growth of the long bones of the lower leg and this causes a pulling/ traction effect of the patella tendon on its attachment. In vigorous sports with lots of running and jumping such as; football, rugby, basketball, netball, cricket and athletics; this pulling effect is heightened causing pain. If you feel your child may be suffering with this condition its important to seek the opinion of a physiotherapist who will carry out a full assessment and begin the treatment process.
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