Osgood-Schlatter Disease in Adolescent Athletes: How Acupuncture Helps …

Understanding Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Osgood-Schlatter disease is a common condition that affects adolescents, particularly those involved in sports. Osgood-Schlatter disease is caused by irritation of the bone growth plate. Bones do not grow in the middle, but at the ends near the joint, in an area called the growth plate. While a child is still growing, these areas of growth are made of cartilage instead of bone. The cartilage is never as strong as the bone, so high levels of stress can cause the growth plate to begin to hurt and swell.

A tendon (the patella) attaches from the kneecap down to the growth plate in the front of the leg bone (tibia). The thigh muscles (quadriceps) attach to the patella, and when they pull on the patella, tension is placed on the patellar tendon, which then pulls on the tibia in the area of the growth plate.

Any movements that cause repeated extension of the leg can lead to tenderness where the patellar tendon attaches to the top of the tibia. Activities that place stress on the knee — especially squatting, bending and running uphill (or stadium steps) — can cause tissue around the growth plate to hurt and swell. Pain is also felt when hitting or bumping the tender area. Kneeling can be very painful.

It is characterized by pain and swelling just below the knee, where the patellar tendon attaches to the shinbone (tibia). This condition is primarily caused by repetitive stress or overuse, especially during periods of rapid growth.


Symptoms and Impact on Adolescent Athlete

  • Pain and Tenderness: The primary symptom is knee pain, which worsens with physical activity and eases with rest.
  • Swelling: A noticeable bump may form at the tibial tuberosity.
  • Reduced Mobility: Pain can limit the range of motion and overall performance in sports.

Conventional Treatments

  • Rest and Activity Modification: Reducing activities that aggravate the condition. 
  • Physical Therapy: Strengthening and stretching exercises to alleviate pain and prevent recurrence.
  • Pain Relief: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for managing pain and inflammation.
  • Ice Therapy: Applying ice packs to reduce swelling and pain.

The Role of Acupuncture in Treating Osgood-Schlatter Disease

Acupuncture is a proven treatment for various musculoskeletal conditions, including Osgood-Schlatter disease by increasing circulation, reducing
inflammation and nourishing tendons.

Benefits of Acupuncture for Adolescent Athletes

  1. Pain Reduction: Acupuncture can stimulate the release of endorphins, the
    body’s natural painkillers, providing significant pain relief.
  2. Decreased Inflammation: By improving blood flow and reducing inflammation, acupuncture can help alleviate swelling associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease.
  3. Enhanced Recovery: Promoting better circulation and relaxation, acupuncture can accelerate the healing process and improve overall recovery.
  4. Non-Invasive Treatment: Acupuncture offers a natural, drug-free alternative with minimal side effects, making it suitable for young athletes.

Core Acupuncture health+wellness in Atlanta, GA

Here, at Core Acupuncture health+ wellness we specialize in sports-related injuries. After a comprehensive posture assessment, we customize a personalized treatment plan tailored to each adolescent athletes suffering from Osgood-Schlatter disease.


For adolescent athletes in Atlanta, GA, dealing with Osgood-Schlatter disease, acupuncture offers a promising alternative treatment. By reducing pain, inflammation, and promoting faster recovery, acupuncture can help young athletes get back to their favorite sports more quickly and safely. If your child is struggling with this condition, consider consulting an experienced acupuncturist to explore this beneficial treatment option.

Schedule a Consultation

To learn more about how acupuncture can help with Osgood-Schlatter disease, contact Core Acupuncture health+wellness at 770-375-5594 or email, jennifer@coreacupunctureatlanta.com, and schedule a consultation. Experience the benefits of Acupuncture and help your adolescent athlete return to peak performance