Loose Bodies (Knee)

Introduction

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.

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