Cartilage and Meniscus Repair in Detroit and Southeastern Michigan
At DMC Medical Group, our skilled sports medicine and orthopedic specialists perform cartilage and meniscus repair in Detroit and southeastern Michigan. Cartilage is the rubber-like padding that coats the bones and allows them to glide at the joints, and meniscus is a type of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber between the bones. Damage to the meniscus can occur as the result of a forceful twist or sudden stop, deep squatting or kneeling, especially while lifting heavy weight, increased body weight, or wear and tear from regular daily activities such as walking or climbing stairs.
Damaged cartilage can limit range of motion, preventing a person from bending their knee or being able to straighten their leg completely. Cartilage and meniscus tissues don’t have blood vessels or nerve endings, making them difficult to repair once they are injured or damaged. Because cartilage can’t regrow, a lack of cartilage is often the primary cause of knee joint malfunctions and knee pain, and can ultimately lead to the knee joint needing to be replaced. Cartilage repair or restoration treatments are used to ease pain and prevent or delay the onset of arthritis, which may ultimately prevent the need for a knee replacement.
Once the cartilage injury has been examined, your physician will determine the best course of treatment to repair it. Smaller issues that are in specific locations may be treated with an osteochondral autograft transfer or microfracture, which is performed with smaller incisions and less invasive. Larger issues may require treatments such as autologous chondrocyte implantation or fresh osteochondral allograft transplantation.
When you come to the sports medicine and orthopedic specialists at DMC Medical Group for treatment of your meniscus injury in southeastern Michigan, they will provide a thorough examination of your condition and then develop a plan for treatment. Call us today at (888) 542-7028 to schedule a consultation.