Children and adolescents also
suffer from joint damage. One serious condition,
osteochodritis dissecans (OCD), produces pain and swelling
in young people, ages 8-16. The condition involves articular
cartilage and bone spontaneously separating from the
femur. Common surgical treatments include arthroscopic
repair and cartilage replacement.
Many of these lesions occur in
areas where the knee does not bear much weight and offer little
problem. Others, however, represent significant problems for
children if the cartilage and bone are not restored. Surgeons at
The Cartilage Restoration Center of New Jersey have extensive
experience with OCD in children, combining the latest advances
in arthroscopy with advances in cartilage repair.