Cartilage Restoration is a subcategory of Orthopedic Sports Medicine and refers to a group of treatments options that are designed to treat injuries and wear of the cartilage within the joints. Cartilage damage is one of the main causes of joint pain and until recently the treatment options have very limited and ineffective. Recent advances have provided new and more effective treatment options. To know if you’re a candidate for cartilage restoration, we will need to determine if the cartilage is the source of your pain and other symptoms. We do this by taking a history, doing a physical exam and performing diagnostic testing. Through this process we can determine which of the available treatment options is best for you.
Successful treatment of damaged cartilage can result in increased mobility and decreased pain. It can also help delay the onset of arthritis. It is advised to consider cartilage restoration procedures prior to procedures such as total joint replacement.