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Osteochondritis Dissecans Treatment

Osteochondritis dissecans is a pediatric bone and cartilage condition found in the joints — most often the knee. The condition occurs when a part of the bone and the cartilage that covers it are separated (partially or completely) from the end of the bone. Repetitive stress on the joint has been linked to osteochondritis dissecans, but overall, the cause of the condition is unknown.


Osteochondritis Dissecans: What You Need to Know

  • Osteochondritis dissecans is a condition found in children that affects the bone and cartilage in their joints.
  • Symptoms of osteochondritis dissecans include pain, swelling and locking in the joint, and the sensation of it “giving way.”
  • Osteochondritis dissecans is diagnosed through a physical examination, X-rays and MRI scan of the joint.
  • If nonoperative treatments — rest, modification of activities or immobilization — are not effective, surgery may be needed to treat osteochondritis dissecans.

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