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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 shin bone 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.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: November 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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