cartilage damage in children and adolescents




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.

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