Osgood-Schlatter Disease: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 2/7/2020

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a condition that causes knee pain in growing teens. It is a common condition characterized by inflammation of the area below the knee where the tendon from the kneecap (patellar tendon) attaches to the shinbone or tibia. The condition develops most often during periods of rapid growth (growth spurts) and is more common in those who are physically active in sports that involve running and jumping.

Signs and symptoms associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease include

Other associated symptoms and signs can include

  • swelling at the top of the shin,
  • knee tenderness, and
  • tightness of the thigh muscles.

Causes of Osgood-Schlatter disease

Irritation of the bone growth plate causes Osgood-Schlatter disease.

Other osgood-schlatter disease symptoms and signs

  • Feeling a Lump Below the Knee
  • Gait Disturbances
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Tenderness
  • Limping
  • Pain in Leg Below the Knee
  • Swelling at the Top of the Shin
  • Tightness of the Thigh Muscles


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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.