Non-Surgical Treatment

Articular Cartilage Injuries of the Knee Management

The first level of treatment for most articular cartilage lesions involves rest, activity modification, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy. Injections in the knee may help decrease inflammation and improve symptoms in certain patients. A special brace may also be an option if the knee is not properly aligned.

If symptoms continue, surgery may need to be considered. Age, activity level, patient expectations, defect size and associated injuries are all important to help determine whether or not surgery would be appropriate. Patients considering surgery must understand that extensive rehabilitation will be necessary after the procedure.