Torn CartilageCartilage is a connective tissue that is found in various parts of the body. When the cartilage that connects joints is strained too much, it can tear, causing pain and mobility issues. Often, cartilage can be repaired via a transplant or through the stimulation of new cell growth. At miVIP Surgery Centers, we perform minimally invasive procedures to repair torn cartilage.
In the past, orthopedic surgery to repair cartilage had to be performed as an open surgery. Open procedures can increase recovery time as well as the danger of complications. The surgeons at miVIP use the best technology currently available to make surgery more accurate and less invasive whenever possible.
Torn Cartilage StatisticsTorn cartilage is not as rare of a condition as some people believe. The University of California San Francisco Medical Center reports that of the 12 million people who visit doctors for knee pain every year, roughly half have cartilage problems. However, cartilage tears can also occur in other joints, such as the shoulder.
Causes of Torn CartilageSport or recreational injuries are a common cause of cartilage tears. For older people, these tears may also result from the cartilage deterioration that occurs with aging. Genetic factors and other conditions, such as arthritis, can also increase the risk of a cartilage tear.
Torn Cartilage SymptomsThe symptoms of a cartilage tear are not always striking. Sometimes, symptoms even cease during rest and then return when physical activity is resumed. Symptoms include:
- Pain or tenderness
- Pain that increases when the joint bears weight
- Joint buckling or locking when strained