There is no specific cause of an osteochondral defect or other articular cartilage injury diagnoses in the knee. The condition can be either congenital in nature or caused by something throughout the course of life. In children, it is especially important to monitor their growth and development in the case that an osteochondral defect condition presents itself. Besides having a diagnosis from birth that can cause connective tissue to be more prone to articular cartilage injuries, this condition can also be onset by:
● Repetitive knee injuries
● Excessive stress on the knee joint
● Abnormal development in the legs and knees that begins at a time other than birth
Some cases of an osteochondral defect diagnosis are more severe and will require more care than others. Measure your child’s growth frequently in order to ensure there is no irregular development and lessen the chance of developing chronic knee pain throughout the course of life.If You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
Every part of the knee joint which consists of the bones, ligaments, tendons and other articular cartilage has a physical connection to one another. Patients can prevent or lessen the risks of developing a problem in the knee joint that can lead to osteochondral defects by preserving these connections. If osteochondral defects are present at birth, or an infant is diagnosed with a condition such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (a condition that affects connective tissue causing hypermobility of joints), there are still things that can be done to lessen the pain that may occur throughout life. Pain caused by injuries and abnormal development of articular cartilage and the underlying bones from congenital conditions can be lessened by:
● Maintaining an even balance of between both knees, lessening the amount of force on one knee at a time
Rest for the knee after any injury
● Building and strengthening the muscles around your knees for more support.
● Strength training itself not only makes the muscles stronger, but the connective tissues and underlying bone as well
● Losing weight to relieve any unnecessary pressure and force on the knee joints when standing and/or walking
● Regular doctor appointments as children start growth spurts