Osgood-Schlatter disease can cause a painful lump below the kneecap in children and adolescents experiencing growth spurts during puberty.

Osgood-Schlatter disease occurs most often in children who participate in sports that involve running, jumping and swift changes of direction — such as soccer, basketball, figure skating and ballet.

While Osgood-Schlatter disease is more common in boys, the gender gap is narrowing as more girls become involved with sports. (Mayo Clinic Definition)

As I have 3 very tall boys who have grown very fast, I have been on the receiving end of “Mom – my legs hurt”, “Mom, my knees are sore”, “Mom – it is sore just here whenever I run or bend” etc. as a health practitioner – you really are tired once you get home of “trying to fix or heal someone’s aches or pains – so it kind of got ignored! Until one day when I saw a picture of my eldest son who is at boarding school, playing hockey wearing knee guards. I asked him what was wrong with his knees – and he said “they are so sore whenever I run and bend my legs and it is so bad I almost cannot play anymore”. OK – so I finally sat up and paid attention – I knew what was wrong immediately. “Osgood-Schlatters or growing pains”.

I immediately put him on 3 Super Natural Boron a day (1 – 3 x per day) – and within a week, the pains were all gone. This is in spite of my kids taking Green Vibrance every day of their lives and a few extra supplements – so I thought I had them covered, but this child was 14 years old and 6 ft 4 – and his body and ligaments simply could not keep up with his growth rate. Every time he bent and stretched, jumped or put too much pressure on his quadriceps & tendons over the knee – it caused inflammation around the patella, which caused the entire area to harden in order to protect it. I have two other sons – who I have made sure have never had to deal with this – as I have them on enough extra Boron (1 cap per day) to carry them through this time of growth, as well as all the other benefits that can be expected from Boron.

Other Benefits:

  • Athletes and anyone who aspires to healthy muscle tone may be interested in Boron.
  • Adequate Boron nutrition from diet or phyto-boron supplementation may optimizes both 1,25(OH)2 Vitamin D-3 and testosterone levels.
  • These hormones help build and strengthen bone and connective tissue
  • Helps support lean body mass and fat metabolism
  • Helps support bone and joint health


Each of the long bones in your child’s arms and legs has a growth plate, made of cartilage, at each end of the bone. Cartilage isn’t as strong as bone, and stress on the growth plate can cause it to become swollen and painful.

During activities that involve a lot of running, jumping and bending — such as soccer, basketball, volleyball and ballet — your child’s thigh muscles (quadriceps) pull on the tendon that connects the kneecap to the shinbone.

This repeated stress can cause the tendon to pull away from the shinbone a bit, resulting in the pain and swelling associated with Osgood-Schlatter disease. In some cases, your child’s body may try to close that gap with new bone growth, which can result in a bony lump at that spot.

Signs and symptoms of Osgood-Schlatter disease include:

  • Pain, swelling and tenderness at the bony prominence on the upper shinbone, just below the kneecap
  • Knee pain that worsens with activity — especially running, jumping and climbing stairs — and improves with rest
  • Tightness of the surrounding muscles, especially the thigh muscles (quadriceps)

The pain varies from person to person. Some have only mild pain while performing certain activities, especially running and jumping. For others, the pain is nearly constant and debilitating. Osgood-Schlatter disease usually occurs in just one knee, but sometimes it develops in both knees. The discomfort can last from weeks to months and may recur until your child has stopped growing



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