Osgood-Schlatters – what is it?

It is super common at the start of year to see injuries or areas of soreness in our teenagers – often they’ve had time off their regular sport routine and may notice pain when they get back into exercise.

It is also common to see pain in our teenagers at this time of year, as they often spend time over summer wearing unsupportive shoes or being mostly in bare feet. This can lead to changes in the posture of the foot, which goes up the lower limb and can affect the shin, knee or hips, and lead to different types of pain.

Teenage and adolescent years are also common ages for rapid growth spurts. When we grow, our bones grow first and then our connective tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) have to catch up. This can lead to different areas of aching and pain as well (does anyone remember growing pains as a child, I sure do!).

A common condition which can be caused by this, is something called Osgood-Schlatters disease which is often abbreviated to ‘osgoods’.

Osgoods-Schlatters Disease

Osgood-Schlatters disease is a common cause of knee pain in growing adolescents, where inflammation occurs in the region of the knee just below the kneecap. Because physical activity puts additional stress on the bones and muscles, children who participate in sports are at an increased risk for developing this condition (this isn’t to say that less active adolescents don’t experience this pain).


People with Osgood-Schlatters report the following:

  • Pain, aching and throbbing in the front of the knee, just below the kneecap
  • A visible lump over the bone just below the kneecap
  • Swelling over the front of the knee
  • Tight and sore muscles in the front and the back of the thigh (quadriceps and hamstrings)
  • An aggravation of pain during or after exercise

Osteopathic Treatment for Osgoods-Schlatters Disease

Your osteopath will thoroughly examine the area and determine whether the pain or discomfort you’re experiencing is due to Osgoods-Schlatters. They will use a combination of hands-on treatment techniques which may include soft tissue massage, stretching and joint traction, and will provide at-home advice and management strategies. These usually include some form of muscle stretching or release work, such as using a foam roller to loosen up the area!

We often will apply rocktape to the sore area of the knee in patients with Osgoods-Schlatters. Not only does it provide pain relief by allowing drainage of fluid, but provides proprioception to the joint. Click on the image below to see our osteopaths Dr James Clark and Dr Ella Waite demonstrate the taping of a knee with Osgoods-Schlatters!

We also have a great blog on our website which discusses Osgood-Schlatters written by our osteopath Dr Simmone Ortland, click here to have a read!!

If you have any questions about Osgood-Schlatters and how we can help you at Total Balance, give us a call on on (03) 9773 8085! Alternatively, click here to book an appointment online.


Bec @ Total Balance Healthcare



This blog post is an educational tool only.  It is not a replacement for medical advice from a registered and qualified doctor or health professional.

Phone: (03) 9773 8085

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