OSGOOD – Slatter’s Disease

Anterior Knee pain Osgood Slatters disease is an inflammation of the bone, cartilage, and/or tendon at the top of the shin bone (tibia), where the tendon from the kneecap (patella) attaches.

OSD usually strikes active adolescents around the beginning of their growth spurts, the approximately 2-year period during which they grow most rapidly. Growth spurts can begin any time between the ages of 8 and 13 for girls, or 10 and 15 for boys.

Commonly your child may complain of pain just below the knee cap with the tenderness worse during after activity or exercise.

Just like in Sever’s Disease (another growth plate injury), this presents as a result of the disturbance during a period of a rapid growth spurt. It is characterized by inflammation of the patellar tendon and surrounding soft tissues. It is caused by the constant pulling of the patellar tendon on the area below the knee where the tendon attaches. A biomechanical assessment of your child’s walking and running gait is often required. Orthoses can control poor foot posture in these children and help to stabilize the foot on the knee in improved alignment. This helps reduce the child’s discomfort and improve performance during activities without pain or further deformity to the area.