You don’t have to be a sports star to suffer from damaged knee cartilage. While athletics might be the common culprit of degenerative cartilage, the simple activities of daily living such as walking, stair climbing, and bending are also instigators of this problem. Regardless of how knee’s articular cartilage was damaged, repairing the problem is essential to restoring ease of movement and preventing further degeneration to the joint.
If you’re finding it difficult to perform your favorite sports or even daily activities because of chronic knee pain, contact the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills. Our knee surgery specialists are knowledgeable in the diagnosis and treatment of degenerative knee conditions, and we have the expertise and medical resources to relieve knee pain and help restore you to your active lifestyle.
What Is Articular Cartilage?
Articular cartilage performs the role of shock absorber for the knee. Lying between the two bones that form the knee joint, the cartilage reduces friction, facilitates movement, and cushions physical impact on the knee.
Articular cartilage can be damaged by traumatic injury or ordinary wear and tear. A traumatic injury is typically caused by a sports accident and cannot heal on its own. Progressive wear and tear on articular cartilage can lead to osteoarthritis and is best treated before cartilage is completely eroded.
What Are the Symptoms of Degenerative Articular Cartilage?
Unless cartilage is severely damaged by an injury, initial symptoms are often swelling and mild knee pain. Mechanical degeneration from wear and tear often causes stiffness, decreased range of motion, joint pain, and swelling. These symptoms will worsen over time until treated. Eventually, if nothing is done, cartilage erodes until joints are no longer cushioned and the bones rub against each other.
How Is Degenerative Articular Cartilage Treated?
Each case is unique and recommended treatment is influenced by a patient’s situation. The extent of cartilage damage will determine which treatment is best. The Knee Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills specializes in some of the most advanced procedures for damaged knee cartilage including:
ACI Surgery (Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation)
Recommended for patients with less severe cartilage damage. Cartilage cells are removed from the patient’s knee then taken to a lab to grow and multiply. Healthy cartilage cells are implanted back into the knee.
OATS Repair (Osteochondral Autograft Resurfacing)
Recommended for patients with focal cartilage damage. This procedure takes healthy cartilage from another part of the body (non-weight bearing joints) and implants them in the damaged part of the knee.
Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation
Recommended for patients with more extensive cartilage damage and who cannot have an OATS Repair. Skin and bone graft from a donor is inserted into the patient’s damaged area.
Beverly Hills Knee Surgery Specialists
If your life is affected by chronic knee pain then consult with one of our specialists in Beverly Hills. You’ll have access to some of the best doctors at the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence. Our specialists are experts in treating degenerative knee conditions and other joint problems. To learn more about the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence or to schedule an appointment at our Beverly Hills office, call us today at 888.318.2842.
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