What is the treatment for an osteochondral defect?
Treatment for this type of knee injury or defect will vary, based on the patient’s activity level and on the size, location and amount of damage caused by the defect.
The goal of conservative treatment is to reduce pain and inflammation in the joint. This can often be done with the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Hot and cold therapy, as well as rest, and activity modification are recommended. A physical therapy program that involves strengthening the muscles around the knee joint and lower extremity will help to alleviate pain and can help patients retain flexibility and range of motion.
Doctor Williams has extensive experience and success in treating osteochondral defects. He offers proven, up-to-date treatments for his patients in New York and the surrounding areas. Surgical treatment for osteochondral defects may include:
- Debridement, removal of loose cartilage, chondroplasty
- Autograft Mosaicplasty
- Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation
- MACI – Matrix Associated Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
- Particulate Juvenile Articular Cartilage
- Stem Cell Injections