Chondral Defects - Symptoms

What are the signs and symptoms of an articular cartilage injury ?

The symptoms of an articular cartilage injury are not as obvious as those of a meniscus tear or ligament injury.

  • Intermittent swelling - This is often the only symptom. The loose cartilage fragments floating in the knee can cause swelling to occur.
  • Pain - Pain with prolonged walking or climbing stairs can occur.
  • Giving way - The knee may occasionally buckle or give way when weight is placed upon it.
  • Locking or catching - The loose, floating pieces of cartilage may block the joint as it bends, causing the knee to lock.
  • Noise - The knee may make noise (crepitus) during motion, especially if the cartilage on the back of the kneecap is damaged.
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About Doctor Barrow...

Dr Michael Stuart Barrow is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in knee surgery. He practices from Sunninghill Hospital and the Waterfall Sports Centre.
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Dr. Michael Barrow

Tel: 011 806 1772
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