Osgood-Schlatter disease

By: Ryan SchlichTe

Long Term Risk Factors

In the rare case where symptoms do not go away, a cast or brace may be used to support the leg until it heals. This typically takes 6 - 8 weeks. Crutches may be used for walking to keep weight off the painful leg.

Rarely, surgery may be needed.

Call your health care provider if your child has knee or leg pain, or if pain does not get better with treatment.

Symptoms that worsen with activity may require rest for several months, followed by a conditioning program.


Osgood-Schlatter disease will almost always goes away on its own once the child stops growing.

Treatments include:

Rest and decreasing activity when your child has symptoms

Putting ice over the painful area two to four times a day, and after activities

Ibuprofen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or acetaminophen (Tylenol).

Adolescents should be allowed to play sports if the activity does not cause too much discomfort. However, symptoms will improve faster if activity is kept to a minimum. Sometimes, a child will need to take a break from most or all sports for 2 or more months.

Osgood-Schlatters disease

Ryan Schlichte
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