Cartilage Injuries & Disorders of the Knee

When joints are healthy, articular cartilage, a smooth cushion that lines bones where they connect with the end of joints, allows bones to shift and move normally with little friction. However, when the cartilage is torn or becomes worn down, either by trauma or disease, pain and weakness can occur in the joint. When this happens, treatment is often required to replace some of the missing cartilage in order to protect the joint surface.


Non-surgical treatments for cartilage injuries and disorders include immobilization of the knee, physical therapy and non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medicines (NAISDs). Depending on the extent of the injury or disorder, a physician may determine that surgery is necessary to repair the damage.

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