Articular cartilage defect treatment damage to the joint surface of the knee is extremely common the surface of the knee is covered with cartilage called the articular cartilage damage to the articular cartilage can be associated with a traumatic injury such as a motor vehicle accident or athletic injuries but even more commonly occurs . New treatments for articular cartilage defects current treatment methods the most basic of current arthro scopic techniques to treat articular cartilage damage in the knee is la vage and debridement the initial clinical benefits of washing out the loose cartilage fragments catabolic enzymes and loose bodies and re. The diagnosis and treatment of symptomatic cartilage defects is challenging and requires attention to detail as both patient specific and cartilage defect specific factors need to be appreciated in order to obtain an accurate evaluation of the patient e solheim t strand et alarticular cartilage defects in 1000 knee arthroscopies . These treatments remain the first line of treatment for isolated lesions of articular cartilage in the knee autologous chondrocyte implantation aci a recent surgical technique developed in sweden by dr lars pederson has shown some promising results in the treatment of articular cartilage defects in the knee. How to treat articular cartilage damage the treatment of chondral defects of the knee can depend upon the location and size of the defect in general those that are on the end of the thigh bone the femur are the ones that are easiest to treat and have the best outcomes
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