What is Knee Cartilage Restoration?
Articular cartilage is the white, smooth substance located at the ends of each bone throughout the human body. Healthy cartilage is extremely important because it allows the bones to glide over each other with no friction in a pain-free motion. When cartilage becomes damaged from normal wear and tear or during an injury, it can slow patients down and gradually lead to painful osteoarthritis. Since cartilage does not have the ability to heal on its own, Dr. Matthew Provencher, board certified knee surgeon, specializes in knee cartilage regeneration techniques in patients living in the Vail, Aspen, Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado communities. Providing cartilage restoration can alleviate pain, swelling and decreased range of motion in many patients, as well as eliminate or prolong the development of osteoarthritis.
Candidates for a knee cartilage regeneration procedure are selected by Dr. Provencher after a complete medical review, physical examination and diagnostic tests. The majority of candidates for articular cartilage restoration are young, active adults with a single injury, or defect.