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Articular Cartilage Injuries

Injuries to the articular cartilage can occur from rapid deceleration or quick changes in direction during athletic activity. These injuries cause aching pain and minimal swelling of the knee and the pain tends to worsen with activity. Arthritis may also be the cause of deteriorating cartilage. 

Treatment options for Articular Cartilage Injuries include: 

Treatment for this injury follows the RICE formula of rest, ice, compression and elevation. Your physician may use X-rays or a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to further assess your condition.

Alternative treatment options include glucosamine nutritional supplements, or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen.  If these treatments are not effective in healing your injury, your orthopaedic surgeon may perform arthroscopic surgery on an outpatient basis to repair the knee.

Removing inflamed synovium (lining), loose bone or cartilage in the knee joint

Arthroscopy of the knee may also be used to remove inflamed lining, loose bone or cartilage. The orthopaedic surgeon uses the arthroscope to locate the damaged lining, loose bone or cartilage. The surgeon will stabilize the area by trimming away the damaged tissue and removing any bone fragments that could further irritate the knee. This is done on an outpatient basis and is performed as an attempt to further stabilize your remaining cartilage and lengthen the life of your natural knee joint. Surgery is followed by use of crutches and an exercise and rehabilitation program to protect your future knee joint functions.

The information listed on this site is for informational and educational purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Every patient's case is unique and each patient should follow his or her doctor's specific instructions. Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.