Torn Cartilage

Cartilage 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 Statistics

Torn 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 Cartilage

Sport 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 Symptoms

The 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
  • Swelling
  • Pain that increases when the joint bears weight
  • Joint buckling or locking when strained
It is best to visit a doctor any time that you suspect a joint problem. Severe pain and limited mobility can especially indicate that you may have torn cartilage and require orthopedic surgery.

Treatment Options

Unfortunately, torn cartilage will not heal on its own, so orthopedic surgery is necessary to relieve pain and regain function. At miVIP Surgery Centers, we perform arthroscopic surgery whenever possible. During this procedure, surgeons use a tiny camera on a flexible tube to see cartilage damage. Usually repairs can be made through small incisions, although in rare cases, open surgery may be necessary.

Additional Information

After orthopedic surgery to repair torn cartilage, patients will have to follow a rehabilitation program with stretches and strengthening exercises. These exercises keep the joint from remaining stiff and immobile. People who follow the program and avoid straining the joint during healing see positive results, including decreased pain and better mobility.

Find Out More Today

If you believe that you have a torn cartilage injury, it is important to seek treatment before the injury causes strain elsewhere in the joint or body. Call miVIP Surgery Centers today at 855-496-4847 if you have questions about torn cartilage symptoms and repair options or if you need to schedule an evaluation.