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Osteochondral Injuries Treatment
When the smooth surface on the end of a bone is injured, it may result in cracks or parts of the bone breaking off. There are two areas where this usually happens, which are referred to as the articular cartilage (chondro) and the underlying bone (osteo).
These foot/ankle injuries often occur when repetitive strain is a factor. However, the exact cause of osteochondral injuries is not yet fully understood. There are also possible links to hereditary conditions, poor blood supply to the injured area and compression trauma.
Silicon Valley Orthopaedics takes a robust approach in providing treatment for osteochondral injuries. Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds are committed to preserving the joint through minimally invasive treatment options. You will receive the best care available anywhere in California when you consult with the orthopedic team at Silicon Valley Orthopaedics.
Treatment will depend on a number of factors, including age, patient mobility and the size of any detached bone fragment. Conservative treatment may suffice for patients with limited damage or skeletal immaturity. Alternatively, a number of minimally invasive surgeries to remove the affected area may be necessary.
Symptoms of Osteochondral Injury
There are symptoms that are important to recognize in order to minimize the damage to your joint resulting from an osteochondral injury. One of the main symptoms is pain that occurs during weight bearing activities such as lifting or pulling relatively heavy objects. Swelling may be observed around the affected joint. Instability when walking or lifting is another common symptom.
In many cases, the joint locks when a patient is suffering from an osteochondral injury. The joint may not completely lock on all occasions. If the joint catches while walking, extending or rotating, it may indicate the presence of an osteochondral injury. Tenderness and limited mobility are also signs of a problem that requires immediate examination from a specialist orthopedic surgeon.
To learn more about osteochondral injuries or to book an appointment or examination, contact Silicon Valley Orthopaedics today.