Healthy cartilage is critical to your ability to move.
Articular cartilage is the flexible, rubbery tissue that covers the end of long bones and cushions areas where bones meet. This cartilage may become damaged due to trauma, wear-and-tear arthritis, and repetitive strain. Joints anywhere in the body may be affected, but the most common sites of cartilage damage are the knee, hip, and shoulder.
Damage to cartilage often requires medical intervention. Unlike other tissue in the body, cartilage cannot repair or replace its own damaged tissue because it lacks blood vessels, which provide oxygen and nutrients that promote healing.
Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery is often used to remove or repair torn cartilage. In some cases, healthy cartilage cells may be surgically implanted into the area. PRP therapy has also shown promise in helping to alleviate pain and stabilize joints in which cartilage damage has occurred.
Signs & Symptoms of Cartilage Damage
Symptoms of a cartilage tear injury include:
- Popping sensation at initial injury
- Join pain
- Joint stiffness
- Inability to fully straighten joint
- Pain that subsides with rest, but reappears with activity
- Grating sensation or clicking sound with joint movement
- Joint may lock or give way when bearing weight
Common Cartilage Tears
Some joints in the body are more prone to cartilage damage than others, including:
Suffering From Joint Pain? Call Our Orthopedic Specialists Today!
Are you suffering from lingering joint pain, especially after an injury to the area? You may have damaged the cartilage that allows you to move about, pain-free. Call the orthopedic specialists at the Joint Replacement Institute in Naples, Florida, for an accurate diagnosis and to find out what your treatment options are. Call us at (239) 261-2663 or request an appointment now.