What is Articular Cartilage Treatment?
The articular cartilage within the knee joint helps support a healthy knee. The smooth, white substance covers the ends of each bone and provides a fluid, pain-free motion. When articular cartilage sustains damage during a traumatic event or begins to wear down from the natural aging process, a patient will experience pain, swelling and decreased range of motion. Over time, the articular cartilage will wear down to the bone and cause painful osteoarthritis. Dr. Matthew Provencher, Vail, Aspen, Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado orthopedic knee surgeon, usually begins articular cartilage treatment with non-surgical measures. If symptoms continue or worsen with conservative measures, a surgical knee cartilage repair may be performed by Dr. Provencher.
Cartilage injuries are diagnosed by Dr. Provencher after he performs a thorough medical review and physical examination. He will also perform a series of simple x-rays and an MRI scan to assess the amount of remaining cartilage and to identify defects in the cartilage surface.