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Osgood Schlatters Disease Treatment

Osgood Schlatters Disease (Tibial Tuberosity Apophysitis)


Osgood Schlatters disease can normally be treated with activity modification and rest.

The treatment is generally non-operative and most children are completely asymptomatic in adulthood.  Occasionally there may be pain with prolonged kneeling.  It normally takes 12-18months for the condition to fully resolve.


During this time treatment consists of

  • Sports activity modification within tolerance of pain and severity of symptoms.
  • Maintenance of knee motion with hamstring and quadriceps flexibility exercises during the child’s rapid growth phase is helpful.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • If symptoms progress to the point of being disabling during routine daily activity, a brief period (7-10 days) of immobilization usually resolves the discomfort

Occasionally surgery to remove part of the underlying bone may be indicated in severe cases.

Surgery For Osgood Schlatter’s Disease (Surgical Treatment)

In rare cases surgery may be indicated to remove bone from the patella tendon if this is painful and interfering with activities – please see the images below:

Surgery is normally highly effective at removing pain associated with kneeling, bending and squatting.


Contact Dr Slattery’s Melbourne consulting rooms to enquire if this may be suitable for you. 


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