Robert Osgood in the US and and Carl Schlatter from Zurich described this injury in 1903.
It occurs at the tibial tubercle apophysis, and is considered as an overuse injury seen in adolescents.
Its prevalence is greatest among boys in the 12 to 15 year age group, and usually resolves after 3 to 6 months. In some cases however, it may not resolve until the apophysis has fused.
The most common theory is that the weak, developing apophysis is vulnerable to repeated traction and micro trauma, leading to multiple sub acute fractures, inflammation and pain.
It happens during rapid growth spurts and is prevalent in individuals participating insports, particularly those involving jumping and kicking.
Patients usually present with pain, tenderness, and a lump just below the patella at the tibial tubercle. These symptoms are usually aggravated by exercise, and lessen during rest.
Lack of flexibility in the hamstrings and quadriceps may also be indicators. This may be accompanied by wasting of the quadriceps muscle.
Rest is the most important management issue
Application of ice to reduce inflammation and reduce knee pain
A programme of stretching of the muscles may help prevent the development of the injury
Deep Tissue Massage
Kinesiology Taping techniques for pain relief
Knee straps or knee braces
Published: July 8, 2011
Osgood Schlatter's Disease Treatments