Cartilage is a type of connective tissue that serves as a cushion for the joints. Although cartilage is both tough and flexible, it is possible to sustain damage to the tissue. Since cartilage lacks its own blood supply, it cannot quickly repair damage. If you suspect you may have suffered a sports injury, an orthopedic specialist will ask you about your symptoms. Cartilage damage often causes pain, tenderness, and soreness in the affected joint. The area may become swollen, warm to the touch, and stiff. It is also possible to experience reduced range of motion of the affected joint.
The orthopedist is likely to recommend conservative treatment options initially. These may include medications, cortisone shots, and physical therapy. If conservative therapies are not sufficient to resolve the knee injury or other injured joint, the orthopedist may recommend surgical debridement or other surgical options.
Patients who have sustained cartilage damage in Queens can call (718) 897-2228 for an appointment with an orthopedic specialist . The physicians of Able Orthopedic & Sports Medicine offer personalized non-surgical and surgical treatment plans.