If you suffer from Oste0chondritis Dissecans, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.
Orthopedic Specialists define Osteochondritis dissecans as a joint condition during which an area of bone in a joint dies due to lack of blood flow to the area underneath the cartilage. The dead bone and cartilage will then usually break loose, causing pain and reducing range of motion.
Osteochondritis dissecans usually occurs in children and adolescent patients. It will either cause symptoms shortly after a joint injury or after several months of high impact activity, such as running and jumping. The condition most often occurs in the knee, but can also appear in the elbows, ankles or other joints.
Doctors classify different stages of osteochondritis dissecans according to injury size, whether the fragment has detached or not, and whether the fragment currently stays in place. If the loose cartilage and bone stays put, patients may not suffer any symptoms. This kind of injury can even heal on its own in young children with developing bones.
If the bone fragment breaks free and catches between the joint, or if you suffer from persistent pain, Doctors may have to perform surgery.