Repairing Articular Cartilage

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Sports Medicine Weekly

A Full Range of Options

The tough yet elastic tissue that covers the ends of bones in the knee is called articular cartilage. Working in tandem with meniscal cartilage, articular cartilage acts as a shock absorber for the knee, allowing the joint to withstand the day-to-day pressures of walking, running, sitting and standing.

Like meniscal cartilage, articular cartilage can become damaged through the trauma of injury or as a result of the wear and tear that occurs over a lifetime.

Orthopaedic surgeons at the Rush CRC® have a full range of options at their disposal to help patients maintain – or regain – the active lifestyles they value.

Early Intervention

The Rush CRC offers several options for regeneration and repair of damaged articular cartilage, starting with methods for repairing early, localized damage – called focal chondral defects. These methods include:

Arthroscopic debridement and microfracture – Aided by a small camera…

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