Articular Cartilage Injury

Also known as: articular cartilage damage, articular cartilage problems

What is an articular cartilage injury?

Articular cartilage is the hard, smooth cartilage that covers the ends of bones where they meet up with one another. When this material gets damaged, it’s known as an articular cartilage injury. It frequently impacts the knees.

What causes articular cartilage injury?
Injuries or accident, often from sports, are the primary causes of articular cartilage injuries. It usually requires an impact directly to the knee joint, such as a tackle in football

What are the symptoms of articular cartilage injury?
Pain, swelling and difficulty moving the joint are the most common symptoms of articular cartilage injury. In more severe instances, fractures around the joint can occur.

What are articular cartilage injury care options?
For minor injuries, rest, ice and over-the-counter pain relievers are the typical treatment. More severe articular cartilage injury may require surgery.

Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle, MD

This page was last updated on: 8/7/2018 9:06:26 AM


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2nd Annual Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Sports Health Symposium

Longevity in Sports Performance, Considerations from Elementary to Post Professional

This course will give the athletic trainer and physical therapist an overview of athletic development models and orthopedic/rehabilitative management of several conditions that influence athletic performance.

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ACL Injury Prevention Training Group Class

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