Parkridge Bone & Joint - August 31, 2018

The team at Parkridge Bone and Joint want you to know that if you are one of the many suffering from cartilage pain, you are not alone.

According to the International Cartilage Regeneration & Joint Preservation Society, approximately 50 million Americans suffer from joint pain. Of that number, half experience pain due to damage of the articular cartilage.

And our qualified and experienced team is here to help you find relief from pain so that you can get back to your normal routine and improved quality of life.

What Causes Cartilage Damage?

While cartilage damage can't always be prevented, it can be in some cases. Therefore, it's important to understand why cartilage damage occurs.

Common causes of cartilage damage include:

  • Age
  • Genetics
  • Hormonal changes
  • Joint instability
  • Medications
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Poor alignment
  • Repetitive trauma
  • Trauma

Is It Cartilage Damage?

There are many symptoms that can signal cartilage damage, including:

  • Grinding or clicking sensation
  • Joint pain (i.e., locking or catching)
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling

Because these symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions, it's important to seek medical attention from one of our experienced orthopedists who can diagnose your injury and provide a treatment plan for recovery.

During the medical evaluation, one or two diagnostic tests may be ordered to better diagnose your injury. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test may be ordered to get a more detailed view of your injury. But since an MRI cannot always detect cartilage damage, an arthroscopy procedure may also be recommended to better examine the cartilage damage and even repair it.

What Is the Treatment Plan for Cartilage Damage?

Once cartilage damage is diagnosed, a treatment plan based on the severity of the injury.

Treatment options for cartilage damage include:

  • Bracing
  • Cartilage transplant procedure
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Micro-fracture procedure
  • Modified lifestyle habits
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy

Do you believe your injury may be cartilage damage? Make an appointment or stop by our Walk-In Clinic for a medical evaluation and treatment plan to get you back on your feet in no time!