Osgood-Schlatter disease in children: Overview
Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common problem for older children and teenagers. It usually happens when a child is growing a lot and their leg bones get longer.
This problem causes pain and swelling in the shinbone below the knee (patella). It can happen in one or both legs. The pain may come and go. In some cases, it lasts more than a year. It usually stops when your child stops growing a lot. After it stops, your child may have a painless bump on their bones.
There are things your child can do to feel better. Ice may help. So can limiting sports and activities that put pressure on the knee. Your doctor may also recommend pain medicine, leg stretches, or a pad to protect the painful area.