Cartilage cushions and lubricates joints in your body, but this specialized tissue is prone to damage and injuries. Board-certified orthopedic surgeons Michael Burris, MD, and Omar Akhtar, MD, treat cartilage injuries at Capital City Orthopaedics in Austin, Texas. If you think you may have a cartilage injury, call or book an appointment online today.
Cartilage is a specialized tissue that reduces friction between your bones and helps your joints move easily. Unlike other types of musculoskeletal tissue, such as bone, cartilage doesn’t have its own blood supply. This means cartilage injuries may take longer to heal compared with a broken bone.
Dr. Burris and Dr. Akhtar diagnose and treat the full spectrum of cartilage injuries, from arthritis damage to meniscus tears. Though cartilage injuries can occur in various parts of your body, the knee is the most common site for damage to occur.
There are many ways to injure your cartilage. Damage may occur suddenly as the result of a sports injury or develop slowly over time. Osteoarthritis is a chronic (long-term) health problem that involves wear-and-tear damage to your cartilage.
Whether your cartilage injury was from acute trauma or a degenerative condition, Dr. Burris and Dr. Akhtar can help. Dr. Burris specializes in treating sports injuries, and Dr. Akhtar’s area of expertise is arthritis treatment.
Pain in the affected joint is the primary symptom of a cartilage injury. Other common signs and symptoms that indicate you may have cartilage damage include:
Cartilage injuries share many symptoms with other causes of joint pain, such as a sprain. That’s why it’s so important to seek professional treatment at Capital City Orthopaedics if you think you may have a joint injury.
To diagnose your cartilage injury, Dr. Burris or Dr. Akhtar begin by performing a physical exam and reviewing your symptoms and medical history. They may also take imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to check for cartilage damage.
Then, they develop a personalized treatment plan to address your specific type of cartilage injury. Dr. Burris and Dr. Akhtar always exhaust every possible conservative treatment before recommending surgery.
Cartilage injuries that don’t improve with nonsurgical treatment may require a surgical procedure, such as arthroscopic surgery or total joint replacement.
If you suspect you may have a cartilage injury, call or book an appointment online.