Cartilage is a strong and flexible fibrous tissue that takes many forms and serves multiple purposes throughout the body. A torn cartilage injury is when there is damage to the cartilage at the ends of the bones in your joints. This can cause long-term issues if not properly treated when the injury occurs.
A cartilage tear can occur in almost any joint of the body, but most commonly in the:
FAQs: Torn Cartilage in Staten Island, NY at Still Well Pain Management
What causes a cartilage tear?
In younger people, an accident or athletic injury is a common cause of a cartilage tear. In older people, aging is a common contributor to the breakdown in cartilage, causing it to become brittle.
What are the symptoms of cartilage tear?
Common symptoms of a cartilage tear include stiffness that prevents a joint from completely straightening or bending, pain and tenderness in your joint and locking of the joint.
How are cartilage tears treated?
Your treatment options will depend on a variety of factors, including the size, location and severity of your symptoms as well as your age, activity level, injury type and the overall condition of the joint. For small cartilage tears, the RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation) is typically recommended. Physical therapy and lifestyle changes may be recommended if holistic measures fail to relieve pain. Surgery may also be required if the injury is more severe.
How can I get started with cartilage tear treatments in Staten Island?
To learn more about how these treatments can help relieve the pain of your torn cartilage, call 718-448-6373 or request a consultation online today.
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