How are children treated for an articular cartilage injury?
Dr. Armando Vidal prefers to treat pediatric sports injuries as conservatively as possible. Depending on the severity of the injury, he may recommend surgical or non-surgical treatments.
- R.I.C.E – Rest, Ice, compression and elevation
- Discontinue the sport that caused the injury for a time
- Over the counter medication to alleviate pain may be suggested
- Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee joint.
- Unloader braces to help take stress off the injured area while it heals
Surgery for articular cartilage damage is reserved for the most severe of cases and often includes the repair of additional damage that occurred at the same time. Decision making in these cases is complex and requires vast experience in not just cartilage repair but associated procedures like meniscal transplant and osteotomy. Additionally, it requires experience and versatility with a variety of repair techniques – such as microfracture with biocartilage, MACI and osteochondral allografts. In these cases, and where appropriate, Dr. Vidal will use minimally invasive techniques to optimize outcome.