Not so good – Osgood Schlatter Syndrome

Is your child between the ages of 8 and 15? Does he or she come home from school or sport complaining of pain or swelling on the bony part below the knee cap? Your child may be suffering from (the not so good) Osgood Schlatter Syndrome.

So, what is it and who does it affect?

Osgood Schlatter syndrome is a pain on the tibial tuberosity (the bony part below the kneecap). Generally, it is caused by excessive activity and growth in children aged between 8 and 15, where the femur (the bone in our thigh) has grown rapidly and the surrounding muscles haven’t caught up yet. This in turn causes traction on the quadricep which pulls on the patella tendon causing pain at the tibial tuberosity. Short, sharp, explosive movements or repetitive movements such as jumping in basketball or kicking a football, will cause this pulling sensation inflicting pain below the knee cap.

On the positive side, parents can be at ease that they wont need to fork out the big bucks for imaging and can also be rest assured that once the growth spurt is complete the pain will go away.



What can I do in the meantime?

Whilst your son/daughter is experiencing Osgood Schlatter Syndrome, here’s a quadricep stretch they can do to ease the pain.

Place your foot on a box/stool/chair, gently drop your weight down toward the ground by bending your knee (one that has foot on ground) whilst keeping a neutral spine. You will feel a stretch in the front of your thigh


2 sets x 10-15 repetitions per side (pre- exercise)


2 x 20 seconds hold per position (post-exercise)


By booking an appointment with the team at Leopold Osteopathy and Sports health we can help tailor a more detailed exercise program and advice along with some remedial massage to help release the tension from the quadriceps, allowing your children to get back to their favourite sport faster.

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