Osgood-Schlatter Disease Surgery for Adults - Regency Square Care Center

Nov 17, 2019


Welcome to Regency Square Care Center, your trusted source for comprehensive geriatric and aging care. In this article, we will discuss Osgood-Schlatter disease and the surgical options available for adults.

Understanding Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common condition characterized by knee pain and swelling, usually affecting adolescents during growth spurts. However, it can also occur in adults who have previously had the condition or experienced knee injuries. The condition is caused by repetitive stress on the growth plate of the shinbone, leading to inflammation and pain.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

The most common symptom of Osgood-Schlatter disease is knee pain that worsens with physical activity, such as running, jumping, or climbing stairs. Other symptoms may include swelling, tenderness, and a bony lump just below the kneecap. To diagnose the condition, a healthcare professional will perform a physical examination, review the patient's medical history, and may order imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI.

Non-Surgical Treatment Options

Most cases of Osgood-Schlatter disease can be managed with non-surgical treatment options. These may include:

  • Rest and Activity Modification: Taking a break from activities that worsen the pain and modifying physical activities to avoid excessive stress on the knees.
  • Pain Relief Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Physical Therapy: Specific exercises and stretches can help strengthen the surrounding muscles and improve flexibility.
  • Bracing and Orthotics: Wearing a knee brace or using orthotic inserts can provide support and alleviate symptoms.

Surgical Treatment Options for Adults

In some cases, non-surgical treatments may not provide sufficient relief, especially in adults with Osgood-Schlatter disease. Surgical intervention may be considered to alleviate pain and improve function.

1. Debridement and Removal of Bony Prominence

This surgical procedure involves removing the bony lump or prominence caused by the Osgood-Schlatter disease. During the surgery, the surgeon will make a small incision over the affected area, carefully remove the bony prominence, and repair any damaged tissues. This procedure helps to reduce pain and improve knee function.

2. Tendon Release or Lengthening

If tightness or contracture of the quadriceps tendon is contributing to the Osgood-Schlatter symptoms, a surgical tendon release or lengthening procedure may be performed. This procedure aims to improve the range of motion and alleviate pain.

3. Lateral Release Procedure

In some cases, the patella (kneecap) may be misaligned, causing additional stress on the shinbone. A lateral release procedure can help realign the patella and relieve pressure on the knee joint.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Following Osgood-Schlatter disease surgery, a comprehensive rehabilitation program is essential for optimal recovery. Physical therapy sessions will focus on strengthening the muscles surrounding the knee, improving flexibility, and gradually reintroducing activities. The length of the recovery period varies depending on the surgical procedure performed and the individual's overall health.

Why Choose Regency Square Care Center?

At Regency Square Care Center, we understand the unique challenges faced by adults with Osgood-Schlatter disease. Our team of experienced healthcare professionals is dedicated to providing personalized and comprehensive care to help you regain mobility, reduce pain, and enhance your quality of life. With state-of-the-art facilities and advanced surgical techniques, we strive to deliver the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Contact Us Today

If you or a loved one is struggling with Osgood-Schlatter disease and considering surgical treatment options, contact Regency Square Care Center today. Our experts are ready to evaluate your condition, answer your questions, and create a personalized treatment plan to meet your specific needs.


Osgood-Schlatter disease can be a debilitating condition, but with the right treatment approach, adults can find relief and regain their mobility. Consider the surgical treatment options available at Regency Square Care Center, and take the first step towards a pain-free future. Trust us to provide top-notch care and exceptional outcomes. Contact us today and let us help you on your road to recovery.

Yvonne Vongrad
Great resource for adults seeking information on surgical options for Osgood-Schlatter disease! ??
Nov 8, 2023