The symptoms of Osgood-Schlatters disease usually consist of anterior knee pain and local swelling. This is associated with local tenderness to palpation over the tibia below the kneecap. It is commonly found in adolescent’s ages 10-15 and often related to participation in sports involving running, cutting and jumping.
The cause of this inflammatory condition is associated with periods of significant growth resulting in the muscle and tendon tissue being tight and creating tension at their attachment point to the bone. These growth changes in conjunction with increased volume or intensity of running, cutting and training can lead to this painful condition.
Rest is required, but this should be relative rest, not complete rest. A program of stretching exercises in conjunction with deep tissue mobilization for the tight muscles, coupled with strengthening of other surrounding muscles helps restore pain free sporting activity. Assessment of other contributing biomechanical and sporting factors can help return to sport.