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Osgood-Schlatter Disease

If your child plays sports like soccer and complains of pain in the front of the knee, he or she may have Osgood-Schlatter disease. This condition, sometimes referred to as “growing pains,” is caused by irritation of the growing bone on the front of the top of the shin bone. Osgood-Schlatter disease almost always clears up on its own.

Osgood-Schlatter Disease: What You Need to Know

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  • Osgood-Schlatter disease most commonly affects boys ages 10 to 15 who play sports. However, it can be found in any child.
  • While most children get Osgood-Schlatter in only one knee, some do get it in both knees.
  • The usual treatment for Osgood-Schlatter disease involves taking time off from the activity that makes it worse, applying ice and using anti-inflammatory medications.
  • Treatment for Osgood-Schlatter disease rarely requires surgery.

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Why choose Johns Hopkins for treatment of Osgood-Schlatter disease?

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Rely on the expertise of our physicians to help you manage Osgood-Schlatter disease in your child.

R. Jay Lee, M.D.

John Tis, M.D.
 

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