We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Osgood Schlatter Disease?

Niki Acker
Updated May 17, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGEEK is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGEEK, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Osgood Schlatter disease is an inflammation of the growth plate at the tibial tuberosity, which is an area on the front of the shin bone just below the knee, attached to the quadriceps muscle by the patellar ligament. The disease is caused by stress on the patellar ligament and is most common in active children aged 11 to 15. Osgood Schlatter disease causes excessive bone growth at the tibial tuberosity, producing a visible lump, pain, and swelling. It is named after two surgeons who independently discovered the condition in 1903, Robert Bayley Osgood in America and Carl Schlatter in Switzerland.

Frequent contraction of the quadriceps muscle can place stress on the patellar ligament and immature tibial tuberosity, resulting in inflammation and small tears. Once the tibia is fully grown, there is no risk of Osgood Schlatter disease. The condition is usually simple to treat, but it can recur until the bone has reached maturity. Boys are at greater risk for Osgood Schlatter disease, which usually affects them around age 13 or 14. Girls are most at risk between the ages of 11 and 12.

This disease is treated with rest and pain reduction. Ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen are typically all that is necessary. Joint immobilization and surgery are rarely used measures reserved for extreme cases. However, Osgood Schlatter disease can take a while to heal. On average, children with the condition must cease athletic activities for three months and return to them gradually, with resumption of full athletic activities by seven months.

Osgood Schlatter disease can be partially prevented with stretching exercises and attention to exercise routines, making sure that they do not place excessive stress on the quadriceps and hamstring muscles. Supporting the knee with a pad or strap during athletic activities and training is also helpful. These measures are especially important for children that have already contracted Osgood Schlatter disease.

WiseGEEK is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Niki Acker
By Niki Acker , Writer
"In addition to her role as a WiseGEEK editor, Niki Foster is passionate about educating herself on a wide range of interesting and unusual topics to gather ideas for her own articles. A graduate of UCLA with a double major in Linguistics and Anthropology, Niki's diverse academic background and curiosity make her well-suited to create engaging content for WiseGeekreaders. "

Discussion Comments

By anon149848 — On Feb 05, 2011

Someone in my family has recently been diagnosed with this disease. He is still young (around 12) and is extremely athletic. Athleticism takes up a huge portion of his life i was wondering if you had any suggestions that would maybe allow him to heal faster so he can resume.

Niki Acker

Niki Acker


"In addition to her role as a WiseGEEK editor, Niki Foster is passionate about educating herself on a wide range of...
Learn more
WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGEEK, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.