Osgood-Schlatter Syndrome

What is it?

Osgood-Schlatter syndrome (or disease) is a painful knee condition that tends to affect adolescents. Boys are affected more than girls, although this could be due to differing activity patterns. It is thought that around 13 per cent of adolescent knee pain is due to Osgood-Schlatter syndrome.

It often occurs during a growth spurt and is associated with physical activity. It is thought that the tendon attaching the quadriceps muscles to the shin bone becomes tight and causes inflammation and micro-fractures in the tibial tuberosity.

The tibial tuberosity swells and feels painful during certain activities such as running, kneeling, or stair climbing. Osgood-Schlatter syndrome usually resolves by itself with time. 


The symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter syndrome depend on the severity of the condition, but may include:

Mechanism of Injury

Some of the causes of Osgood Schlatter syndrome may include:

Common Management Techniques

Conservative Management

Surgical Management



Osgood-Schlatter syndrome usually resolves by itself within 12 months. However, the knee may remain uncomfortable until the growing finishes.