Rapid Review: Osgood-Schlatter Disease

June 22, 2017
Osgood-Schlatter disease
Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Patient will be an athlete 10–15 years old
  • Complaining of knee pain while running
  • PE will show tenderness over the tibial tubercle
  • Treatment is ice, NSAIDs, quadriceps stretching

Example: A 12-year-old boy presents to his pediatrician’s office for right knee pain that started three months ago after starting basketball practices. On physical exam, the boy is tender to palpation over the anterior tibial tubercle. There is no erythema or warmth to the area. A lateral radiograph of the knee reveals elevation of the tibial tubercle away from the shaft. Based on the likely diagnosis, which of the following is the most appropriate management?

By Yehuda Wolf, MPA, PA-C

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