What is Osgood Schlatter's disease?
This condition mainly affects boys aged 10 to 16 years old and is caused by repetitive stress or tension on a part of the growth area of the upper tibia (shinbone).
The patellar tendon and surrounding soft tissues at the point where the tendon attaches to the tibia become inflamed. Through overuse, this tendon can pull at the bone causing inflammation.
The tendon can become so stretched that it tears away from the tibia and takes a fragment of bone with it.