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Most frequent cause of knee pain in children aged 10 to 15 years.
Plain radiographs are used to rule out serious pathology such as:
Reassurance parents that this is a self-limiting condition and symptoms will resolve with skeletal maturity (i.e. when the bones finish growing).
Modify activities to manage the pain. Jumping or kicking activities should be avoided.
Local measures such as ice, anti-inflammatories and quadriceps stretching are recommended.
Refer parents to
Osgood-Schlatters in children (fact sheet) and quadriceps stretching program.