Osteochondritis Dissecans - Frisco, TX
OrthoTexas, Frisco is a leading group of knee surgeons providing treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions. They have extensive experience in using advanced techniques to treat Osteochondritis Dissecans and other medical problems affecting the knee joint.

Osteochondritis Dissecans

Osteochondritis Dissecans occurs when the blood supply to a particular part within the knee joint is disrupted. It leads to crack in a small segment of a bone along with the cartilage that covers it. The broken piece of bone may float within the joint post displacement, causing pain and other complications. The condition is most commonly seen in children and adolescents. If not treated properly, Osteochondritis Dissecans may enhance the probability of developing Knee Osteoarthritis.

Causes Of Osteochondritis Dissecans

  • Direct trauma to the joint
  • Overuse or repeated stress on the joint can disrupt the blood supply
  • Sports injuries
  • High impact activities such as jumping or gymnastics

Symptoms Of Osteochondritis Dissecans

  • Pain which is generally triggered by a physical activity
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Locking of the joint
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Weakness and instability
  • Soreness of the skin above the joint
  • Inability to extend the leg

Diagnosis Of Osteochondritis Dissecans

  • Thorough physical examination of the affected joint by an orthopedic doctor.
  • Thorough evaluation of patient’s  medical history and the symptoms experienced
  • The doctor may analyze the range of motion by moving the affected joint in different directions
  • He may press the joint to assess any displaced bone parts
  • Imaging tests such as X-rays,  MRI or CT scan may be conducted to locate the site of injury

Treatment For Osteochondritis Dissecans

  • Sufficient rest must be given to the affected joint to avoid worsening the condition. Strenuous activities should also be avoided.
  • Use of cast, splints or crutches to avoid pressure and lend additional stability to the joint
  • Drilling into the joint to allow new blood vessels to restore the supply of blood within the joint. Internal fixation devices may be used to hold the hold the damaged structure in place.
  • Physical therapy, stretches and range of motion exercises may help to restore strength and flexibility of the affected joint
  • Surgical replacement of damaged cartilage may be required if conservative treatment fails to provide relief. A bone graft may be used to replace the damaged part of the knee joint.  

For comprehensive treatment of Osteochondritis Dissecans and other knee conditions, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the knee surgeons, call at (214) 618 – 5502.