Cartilage injuries: Significance and challenge

Damage to the articular cartilage in the knee can be a challenging problem for active people. It can lead to pain, swelling and even more advanced arthritis changes down the road.

Articular cartilage is the cartilage lining on the ends of the femur, tibia and under the patella within the knee. It provides some shock absorption, and it helps the bones glide smoothly during knee motion. If it breaks down, you might notice discomfort, swelling, popping and catching within your knee.

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In this video, I explain in more detail what articular cartilage is and why treating damaged articular cartilage is so difficult.

Have you had damage to the articular cartilage in your knee? What did you do to feel better? Please share your experience below!

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One Response to Cartilage injuries: Significance and challenge

  1. I am a 61 y/o physician avid tennis player with a 15mm femoral conyle defect had microfracture in 2009 and did well for 6 years. Return of pain in 2015, became intolerable after tennis in 2017. Underwent repeat microfracture with Biopatch this week. Recovery is really difficult swore I would never do again but here I am. What do you think?

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