Loose Bodies (Knee)

  • Introduction

  • Conservative Treatment

  • Surgical Treatment

Loose bodies are small fragments of cartilage or bone that break off and float freely inside the knee joint. It is commonly caused by injury or as a result of wear and tear over time. Depending on the severity of the patient’s condition, there may be one or may loose bodies inside the knee joint and can be stable (not moving inside the joint) or unstable (floating throughout the inside of the joint). Loose bodies are often seen in patients with degenerative joint disease or arthritis. Loose bodies will typically cause the patient to experience pain, swelling and locking of the knee joint.

In less severe cases, Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs may be used to treat the symptoms of this condition. However, in most cases surgery is required.

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Surgery is often required to treat this condition in order to remove the cartilage or bone that has broken free and is causing the patient pain. The surgery is often arthroscopic and minimally invasive, in some cases a more extensive surgery is required when the loose bodies are larger, but this is typically not the case.

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