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
- 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 and its associated knee pain involves taking time off from the activity that makes the pain worse, applying ice and using anti-inflammatory medications.
- Treatment for Osgood-Schlatter disease rarely requires surgery.
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