Knee Cartilage Repair Without Surgery – Conservative Treatment Options Available in Freehold, NJ
Knee cartilage repair is sometimes possible without surgery. However, nonsurgical treatment is not appropriate for every injury. The sports medicine specialists at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold, NJ, determine the optimal treatment approach for each patient on a case-by-case basis. For instance, if a traumatic knee injury has produced a loose piece of articular cartilage that is causing mechanical issues, conservative symptom management may be ineffective. With that said, we generally advise our patients to try four to six weeks of nonsurgical treatment for most cartilage and joint conditions before considering surgery.
Following a personal consultation, a physician at New Jersey Sports Medicine in Freehold can develop an individualized strategy to address a knee injury. Usually, a treatment plan will incorporate a combination of conservative therapies, such as:
- Weight loss
- Activity modifications
- Physical therapy
- Kinesio Taping®
- Graston Technique®
- Platelet-rich plasma therapy
- Cortisone injections
Ultimately, if nonsurgical treatment does not produce meaningful symptom improvement, surgery may be considered. A decision to proceed with any type surgery should always be made carefully with the guidance of an experienced surgeon.
Prior to recommending a surgical procedure, such as a knee arthroplasty, the fellowship-trained surgeons at New Jersey Sports Medicine assess multiple factors, including the nature of an articular cartilage injury, the character (extent, location, and duration) of the symptoms, prior treatments used and the results achieved, the presence of any other related injuries, and the patient’s overall health. In this way, we help to ensure that we make the best possible recommendation for the patient.
If you are experiencing knee pain, contact New Jersey Sports Medicine to schedule a consultation at our sports medicine center in Freehold, NJ. Here, you can meet one-on-one with an orthopedic specialist, ask questions, and learn about your treatment options for knee cartilage repair without surgery.