What is osteochondritis dissecans?
Osteochondritis Dissecans, or OCD, is a condition that is unique to the young (immature athlete) and occurs when a piece of bone and more importantly, its attached cartilage, breaks down and becomes loose. The loose piece can break away completely from the end of the bone. The condition affects the subchondral bone (deep to the cartilage) and in extreme cases can cause the joint to fail. OCD occurs most often in the knee, but it can affect any joint in the body. Children who participate in high impact sports are more commonly affected than adults. Dr. Armando Vidal, pediatric orthopedic sports medicine specialist, can successfully treat osteochondritis dissecans for patients in Vail, Aspen and the surrounding Denver, Colorado communities. He has extensive experience treating young athletes – having served as director of the sports medicine program at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Additionally, he has some of the most extensive experience in the country in cartilage restoration and repair.