Preparing for your appointment

You'll likely first bring this problem to the attention of your family doctor or your child's pediatrician. He or she might refer you to a doctor who specializes in knee injuries or sports medicine.

What you can do

Bring to the appointment a written list that includes:

  • Detailed descriptions of your child's symptoms
  • Information about medical problems your child has had in the past
  • Information about medical problems common in your family
  • All the medications and dietary supplements your child takes
  • Questions you want to ask

Below are some basic questions to ask a doctor who is examining your child for possible Osgood-Schlatter disease. If any additional questions occur to you during your visit, don't hesitate to ask.

  • Do you expect my child will be able to continue in his or her current sport?
  • Does my child need to change his or her activities, such as playing a different position or training with different exercises? If so, for how long?
  • What signs or symptoms would signal a need for my child to take a complete break from athletics?
  • What other self-care measures would help my child?

What to expect from your doctor

Your child's doctor is likely to ask a number of questions, such as:

  • How severe is your pain?
  • Does your pain occur before, during or after your workouts — or is it constant?
  • Have you noticed swelling near your kneecap?
  • Have you had problems with mobility or stability?
  • What is your exercise or sports-training routine?
  • Have you recently changed your training routine, such as training harder or longer or using new techniques?
  • Are you able to tolerate the pain while playing your sport at your usual intensity?
  • Are your symptoms affecting your ability to complete normal, daily tasks, such as walking up stairs?
  • What at-home treatments have you tried? Has anything helped?
  • Have you had a recent injury that may have caused knee damage?
June 22, 2017
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