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Hi my son was diagnosed with Osgood Schlatter last year after complaining of painful lumps on his knees. The doctor said oh he has Osgoods nothing to worry about he might get a little pain but it's not serious. I just feel very frustrated my son is 14 and he was playing squash until recently but was in so much pain after playing he was in tears so we have had to let him stop playing. He says even sitting is painful but all our GP does is prescribe Ibuprofen. Does anyone have any advice or more information or exercises anything that could help ease his pain. As a mum it breaks my heart to see him cry because his knees hurt but all we have been told by the GP is he will grow out of it but from reading other discussions here it seems this may not be the case. I'm at a loss as to whether there is more we can do for him or not.

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    My son is 13 and had the same experience at the doctors. I talked to a pharmacist about treatments, and it was suggested that Selenium and Vitamin A+E may help. We bought a tub from Boots for about £6 for 2 months supply. What a transformation. He is back doing PE, in his football team weekly and has started cricket now too. This is after just one tub. We shall continue until the summer holidays when we may stop the tablets and see if symptoms return. Hope this helps
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    I'm 19, I was diagnosed with OS at 11 and was told it would subdue between 6-12 months. 8 years later and it has got progressively worse. Simple things like standing still and walking become near impossible due to pain.

    As for a "cure" I was wearing knee supports for 6 months and took numerous amounts of pain killers and anti imflamitries. All were just short term relieves. As I have had it for years surgery seems to be the only option left for me. But do try the supports and this will help stabilise the knee while your son is still growing.

    I hoped this has helped.



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    i'm 15 now, but when i was 11 i was doing so much sport it actually is crazy!! i was playing cricket, tennis, athletics, cross country, netball, touch, football and heaps of others things everyday of every week. i was at a stage that i was training 4 days a week with cross country and i was so fit, i was running fast enough times that i could go to national cross country championships, but at one training i couldnt do high knees as a warm up. my coach looked at my knee and he realised straight away what it was, so my mum took me to the doctors. the doctor didnt think i had it so he sent me off the get x-rays to make sure, and when they came back i found out i had a really bad case. it was so bad they recommended i went to a knee specialist.

    so i went to this therapist about 3 months after i first realized i had osgood, and it had gotten to such a bad stage i was finding it extremely painful just walking on flat surfaces. i couldnt bend my knee or anything. when i went to the therapist he told me no sport at all for 12 months!!

    now me being so busy with sport i didnt adhere to these instructions, i went about 7 months of no sport!! and then i started doing tennis and athletics again. it felt good at the time, but now if i have a full day of sport like touch carnivals and athletics carnivals my knee gets sore after it, and it gets really sore in the cold so i have to keep moving it.

    but i had of listened to the therapist and rested for a full 12 months with no sport at all my knee would have been alot better than what it is now!! my pains now arent as excruciating, but they do come back pretty bad at times. but i do recommend if it is that bad he is crying, 8-12 months off sport or you won't help yourself. it will also just give your whole body time to catch up with the growth spurts, and then when the 12 moths are up; get into the gym and do quad, calf and knee strengthening exercises.

    hope this helps!!! it has helped me and i have had osgood in both knees and it has helped some of my friend who have gone through the same!! GOODLUCK!

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    Take him to see a sports therapist for some treatment on his legs. Massage, stretching and a reduction in training is extremely helpful.
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    There are many treatments available for Osgood Schlatter's Disease and it is definitely worth exploring these. As well as a reduction in sports to give the knee some rest, it is generally advised to stretch the quadriceps muscles, and even have sports massage of the quadriceps muscles as well. In addition to this many people find wearing an elasticated knee support or tubigrip helpful. After a training session or sports activity the knee may feel painful so ice or ibuprofen gel can help calm this down.

    Generally with these self-help techniques and plenty of rest, most cases of Osgood Schlatter's Disease should resolve within 6 months or so.

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