How is Osgood-Schlatter disease treated?
Experts in our Sports Medicine Center treat Osgood-Schlatter by controlling the pain. This condition can be frustrating, as the child is prone to this pain during the length of their growth spurt (usually about two years). Once the growth spurt is over, the pain should resolve. Learn more about common growing pains.
In the meantime, your child may choose to participate in fewer or lower-impact activities to avoid the pain. This should be encouraged based on the level of pain, but your child can return to activity once the pain is under better control.
Placing an ice pack over the painful area after activity can be helpful. For severe pain, over-the-counter pain medicine, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, may also help.
Physical therapy and stretching the muscles around the knee, such as the quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles, help to protect the knee and are recommended. Knee bracing also helps some patients.