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Cartilage defects

What is a cartilage defect?

A cartilage defect simply refers to an area of cartilage that is damaged

What can cause a cartilage defect?

  • Trauma (ligament tears increase force on the cartilage)
  • Osteonecrosis (bone death)
  • Osteochondritis (cartilage or bone in a joint is inflamed)

What are symptoms of a cartilage defect?

  • “Cracking” or “crunching” sounds
  • Swelling
  • Locking or catching sensation
  • Pain and stiffness after sitting for prolonged period
  • Speed and agility problems