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Osgood–Schlatter Disease treatment.

Osgood–Schlatter Disease Treatment

Osgood–Schlatter Disease (OSD) can profoundly impact the lives of young people, leading to severe pain and hindering their ability to participate in sports. Regardless of your age, if you experience any discomfort or issues with your knees, we strongly encourage you to seek our professional consultation. Timely detection and treatment of the issue can prevent it from exacerbating further. Many of our clients have overcome OSD remarkably quickly through the use of Focused ShockWave Therapy (FSWT) and Magneto Transduction Therapy.

OSD is a common condition seen predominantly in adolescents that can significantly hamper their physical activities, particularly sports, due to the associated pain and discomfort. Primarily affecting the knee joint, particularly the tibial tuberosity, OSD is a condition that requires medical attention and timely intervention. We encourage anyone, regardless of age, experiencing knee discomfort to seek medical consultation promptly.

OSD, also known as apophysitis of the tibial tubercle, is named after Robert Bayley Osgood, an American orthopaedic surgeon, and Carl B. Schlatter, a Swiss surgeon, who independently described the condition in 1903. This condition typically presents with localised pain, swelling, and tenderness over the tibial tuberosity. In growing children, OSD is most commonly associated with active participation in sports, leading to an overuse injury.

The peak incidence of OSD is during the growth spurts seen in adolescence; between 12 and 15 years in boys and between 8 and 12 years in girls. Boys are more commonly affected than girls. OSD is frequently reported in adolescents engaged in sports such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics.

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Osgood–Schlatter Disease Treatment

Management of OSD typically commences with conservative treatment strategies including rest, icing, modification of activities, and rehabilitation exercises complemented by physiotherapy. However, in cases where such conservative treatment fails to provide relief over a span of six months, alternative treatments such as shockwave therapy should be considered.

Shockwave Therapy

For more than ten years Extracorporal ShockWave Therapy (ESWT) has been used as an effective treatment for OSD and at our clinic we have been using focussed shockwave as a OSD treatment for some time.

The therapy involves the use of high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing in the affected area. The sound waves help increase blood flow to the area, which can help reduce inflammation and promote healing and enabling patients to return to their sport of choice more quickly.

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Shockwave Therapy & Osgood–Schlatter Disease Research

In a 2012 pilot study by Lohrer & Nauck, Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) was proposed as a safe and promising treatment for adolescent athletes suffering from persistent OSD. (1) Their findings were supported by Gazya et al. (2014) in the International Journal of Advanced Research in Biological Sciences, who found ESWT to be an effective therapy for reducing pain in OSD patients. In their study, they reported ESWT to be superior to Interferential therapy in terms of efficacy and safety, with no side effects or complications noted. (2)

More recent studies into Osgood–Schlatter Disease Treatment have also been promising. A study by Korakakis et al. (2021) found that in a group of 30 patients with OSD, ESWT significantly improved symptoms and enabled earlier return to sports compared to conventional physiotherapy.

These studies are in line with our own experience of successfully treating patients with frozen shoulder.

Knee calcification EMTT Therapy

We administer EMTT through a handheld device that is placed over the affected area. The treatment is painless and non-invasive, and typically takes just a few minutes to complete. Patients may receive several EMTT sessions over the course of a few weeks, depending on the severity of their symptoms and the extent of their injury.

EMTT works by generating electromagnetic fields that penetrate the skin and underlying tissues. These fields can stimulate the production of growth factors and other signalling molecules that promote tissue repair and regeneration. EMTT can also help reduce pain and inflammation by increasing blood flow and reducing the activity of pain receptors in the affected area.

EMTT Therapy for Osgood–Schlatter Disease

We are now using ElectroMagnetic Transduction Therapy (EMTT) in conjunction with Shockwave therapy as we have found the combination of the two treatments especially effective for as an Osgood–Schlatter Disease Treatment.

EMTT is a non-invasive treatment that uses electromagnetic waves to stimulate healing in the affected area. The treatment works by producing a pulsed electromagnetic field that penetrates the tissues of the shoulder joint and stimulates cellular activity. This increased cellular activity can help to reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, and promote tissue repair, all of which can improve the symptoms of OSD.

In a 2022 randomised control trial by Martinez-Romero et al., ESWT in combination with EMT showed superior results in pain management and functional recovery than either therapy alone. (3)

One of the major advantages of EMTT is that it is a non-invasive treatment that does not require any medication or surgery. This makes it a safe and convenient treatment option for patients who are looking for a non-invasive alternative to more invasive treatments.

We are one of the few clinics in the country offering this as a solution to this painful condition and we recommend you book an appointment soon.


Shockwave Clinics Ltd is the leading shockwave clinic in London and the UK with the most advanced and comprehensive range of shockwave and complimentary technologies, including magneto transduction therapy and radio frequency.

For over 10-years we have been using Focused Shockwave to treat numerous muscular problems caused by sports injuries as well as back pain, problems caused by invasive surgery and simple old age.