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What Can a Knee Arthroscopy Diagnose & Treat?

Posted by on Jan 19, 2018 in blog | 188 comments

Arthroscopy is useful in evaluating and treating a number of different conditions within the knee. Here are some of the most common reasons people require the procedure.

Meniscal Cartilage Tears

Sometimes a twisting type of injury, most commonly from playing sports, can cause what’s known as a meniscal cartilage tear. As we get older, our cartilages become more brittle and can tear more easily. Symptoms of a meniscal tear include pain, swelling, reduced motion and locking of the cartilage. A meniscal cartilage tear will not heal on its own, unless it’s very small and once the cartilage has torn, it predisposes the knee to develop osteoarthritis later in life. It is much better to remove torn pieces from the knee if the knee is symptomatic now, than leave it to worsen and cause further problems.

Articular Cartilage Damage

Articular cartilage is the smooth, white tissue that covers the ends of bones where they come together to form joints. Articular cartilage can be damaged by injury or normal wear and tear and because cartilage doesn’t heal itself well, arthroscopy may be required.

ACL Injuries

Rupture of the ACL is a common sports injury. Unfortunately, once ruptured the ACL won’t heal on its own and usually causes limited range of motion and the inability to return to normal sporting activities. Arthroscopy is performed usually when undergoing  ACL reconstruction.

Patella (knee-cap) Issues

Arthroscopy can be used to treat problems relating to kneecap disorders, including patella tendinopathy, mal-tracking and significant surface cartilage tears.

Inflammatory Arthritis

Occasionally arthroscopy is used in inflammatory conditions such as (rheumatoid arthritis) to help reduce inflammation within the knee joint.

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