Articular Knee injuries
Are Articular Knee injuries or ‘Chrondral’ Injuries causing your ongoing Knee Pain?
Cartilage is frequently damaged in knee injuries, often as a result from forceful impact to the knee or from dislocation of the kneecap. Damage also often occurs with ACL tears.
Articular cartilage covers the ends of bones and provides a smooth surface for the bones to slide over each other, minimising pressure and friction within the joint.
When this is damaged the joint can become painful and inflamed and swollen.
Due to its poor blood supply, cartilage has a very limited capacity for
repairing itself. If left untreated it can cause locking and giving way of the knee and further damage to the cartilage surface and other structures in the knee. This also leads to in increased risk of degeneration and arthritis.
Severe damage can cause cartilage to break off the bone and float around within the joint. In these cases, surgery is often needed to remove the loose bodies and restore the cartilage if necessary.
Although Articular cartilage damage can often not often be repaired without surgery, conservative therapy (physio exercises) and activity modification can significantly improved knee function, reduce pain and swelling. So if your have knee pain get to see your physio.