Osgood schlatters is a common overuse injury to the knee in adolescents between 9-14 years, especially those who have recently experienced a ‘growth spurt’. It is more common in males than females. It is a form of traction apophysitis that occurs on the shin bone.
Signs & symptoms:
- Knee pain during and following activities
- Lump below the knee cap (enlarged tibial tuberosity)
- Pain on palpation of the tibia
Treatment involves relative rest from aggravating activities, advice on exercises to reduce the stress on the tibia.