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August 3, 2015 - TCO

Coping With Osgood-Schlatter Disease

If your doctor diagnosed your knee pain as Osgood-Schlatter disease (OSD), you’re not alone. OSD is common in active, rapidly growing adolescents generally between the ages of 8 and 13 for girls, and 10 and 15 for boys. It’s a temporary condition that usually goes away within 12 to 24 months. During its course, various treatments can help you cope.

Simply taking a break from activity, applying heat or ice, and stretching may relieve some pain. Targeted exercises can strengthen bone, cartilage, and tendons in your knees and make you less susceptible to flare-ups. And if your symptoms are severe enough that you’ve had to wear a cast or brace, strengthening exercises can help you recover.

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