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The articular cartilage in the knee is a slippery substance which covers the ends of the bones that allows the knee joint to perform without friction. Articular cartilage covers the underside of the kneecap and the ends of the femur and tibia to protect the joint as these bones move against each other. An articular cartilage defect occurs when a portion of the cartilage is damaged due to injury or disease. At Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA, we offer articular cartilage defect treatment to relieve knee pain and improve knee mobility at our clinic in Los Angeles.

Articular cartilage can be torn or damaged when a knee joint injury occurs. A blow to the knee or twisting a ligament injury can result in a tear in the cartilage or a piece of cartilage being removed. Articular cartilage does not easily repair on its own due to limited blood supply and regenerative factors, and an injury to the cartilage can result in long-term damage to the knee. Osteoarthritis and other diseases may also result in articular cartilage defects.

Articular Cartilage Restoration or Repair

When the articular cartilage is damaged in an injury, it can cause knee pain and other symptoms. A crackling or crunching sensation may be present when bending or straightening the knee. There may also be swelling, catching or stiffness in the knee joint. If not treated, articular cartilage defects can result in deterioration of the joint components.

Articular cartilage defect treatments can include repair and restoration procedures. Regenerative medicine using PRP or stem cells can be effective in spurring healing in the knee joint. For more severe injuries, arthroscopic repairs, transplants or preservation treatments can be used to smooth and increase cartilage depth.

Articular cartilage defects within the knee can be complex and contribute to deterioration of the knee joint. If you want to explore treatments to restore or repair damaged knee cartilage for pain relief, contact us at Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA. Dr. Farzin Kabaei and our orthopedic team offer advanced articular cartilage defect treatments at our clinic in Beverly Hills.

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