What is an articular cartilage injury in the knee?
An articular cartilage injury I the knee occurs when damage occurs to the tough, thin cartilage that lines the ends of the bones. Articular cartilage injuries are often caused by trauma, knee instability, or by progressive degeneration from associated with long-term wear and tear. In sports activities, a direct blow to the knee in sports like hockey, football, soccer, or Lacrosse can cause articular cartilage damage. Cartilage injuries can also occur in association with instability events (knee dislocations) such as a dislocating patella or a dislocating knee that occurs with a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic knee specialist, diagnoses and treats patients in Manhattan, New York City and the surrounding New York boroughs who have an articular cartilage injury in the knee. Dr. Williams has extensive experience with these types of knee injuries and can offer the best orthopedic treatments available.