Osteochondritis concerns the bone located just below the cartilage in general at the level of the femur. A fragment of bone breaks up, the ssure sometimes reaches the cartilage just above it, and at the extreme this osteo-cartilaginous block detaches itself and is released in the joint, posing then the double problem of the presence of a foreign body and an articular lesion. While surgery can, in many cases, treat it, postoperative pain, long rehabilitation and the chance of not returning to sports participation, are reasons to consider Platelet Rich Plasma as an alternative.
By Ross A. Hauser, MD ABSTRACT Osteochondritis dissecans involves the separation of a segment of cartilage and subchondral bone, found most commonly in the knee, elbow, ankle and hip. Repetitive microtrauma from sports is a common cause especially among older adolescents and teenagers. To provide stability of the articular cartilage fragment, rest, splinting to surgery is more »