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Torn Cartilage in New Jersey

A cartilage tear will greatly reduce your ability to use your knee and leg. The physicians and physical therapists of Performance Rehabilitation, located in Totowa and Lafayette Township, are experts in repairing cartilage tears that are experienced by the residents of New Jersey.

What is a Cartilage Tear?

Torn cartilage is a common injury that occurs to this gristly white material that covers the ends of bones near joints all over the body. This variety of injury also causes serious problems unless it is treated properly and quickly.

What are the Symptoms of Torn Cartilage?

Individuals who have experienced torn cartilage may notice the following:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Loss of mobility in the affected joint

What Causes a Cartilage Tear?

Most cartilage tears occur due to trauma caused by these conditions:

  • Inflammation due to rheumatoid arthritis or gout attack
  • Infection caused by germs entering a puncture or laceration
  • Impact or falling, such as a vehicle accident or an injury while playing sports
  • Meniscus tear, overuse of the knee or trauma injury
  • Ligament tear resulting from injury while playing sports or falling
  • Joint dislocation caused by blunt force trauma

Anyone with torn cartilage experiences pain and swelling in the joint that continues due to the instability of the tissue. In addition, the synovium that covers the joint becomes irritated, leading to massive excretion of synovial fluid, causing more swelling to occur.

Types of Cartilage Tears

The most frequently damaged joints with this form of injury include the:

  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Any joint with a synovium covering and synovial fluid is susceptible to having a cartilage tear, but larger joints are easier to treat and repair.

How do Doctors Diagnose a Cartilage Tear?

Patients experiencing swelling in a joint for more than one day after an injury should have an evaluation by our physician. An examination can determine if the swelling is caused by a cartilage, meniscus or ligament injury or a broken bone. Medical images such as X-rays are used to diagnose bone fractures while meniscus and ligament injuries are diagnosed with Magnetic Resonance Imaging scans and physical examinations. An advanced quantitative MRI scan is the best tool for diagnosing a partial or full cartilage injury, along with determining how much healthy cartilage tissue remains in the joint.

Inflammation around your joints may be caused by a cartilage tear. If you have symptoms of a cartilage tear, contact Performance Rehabilitation to schedule a consultation at our Totowa and Lafayette Township office in New Jersey.