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Extensive Treatment for Cartilage Injuries in Raleigh, NC & Beyond

Whether you’ve injured yourself playing a sport or on your daily run, we can help you find pain relief and get back to doing what you love. At Wake Orthopaedics, we offer a range of orthopedic services to patients of all ages, including treatment for cartilage injuries in Apex, Brier Creek, Cary, Garner, North Raleigh and Raleigh, NC.

What is cartilage?

Cartilage is smooth endcap at the end of many bones and joints. It has a number of different functions, including shock absorption, joint lubrication, and allowing our joints to bend back and forth. Cartilage is found in all of our joints, from large joints such as the knee, hip, and shoulder, to smaller joints such as those in our hands and feet.

How do cartilage injuries occur?

Unlike bones and muscles, injuries to cartilage either do not heal or take a much longer time to heal because cartilage does not have its own blood supply. Cartilage injuries can occur in patients of all age groups. In athletes, this often occurs after a direct blow during collision sports, such as during football, soccer, or basketball. Cartilage injuries can also occur after prolonged wear and tear and after many years of heavy use on the joints.

What are some symptoms of cartilage injury?

Like other injuries, cartilage injuries can be associated with significant pain and swelling on the joint. It can be difficult to distinguish between cartilage injury and injury to other structures, such as ligaments or the meniscus in the knee. Patients may have continued swelling and pain when bearing weight or with activity.

Treatment of cartilage injuries can vary depending on a number of factors. These include patient-related factors such as age and activity level, and factors related to the cartilage defect including size and location.

Treatment for cartilage injuries include:

  • Arthroscopic debridement
  • Marrow stimulation
  • Chondrocyte (cartilage cell) transfer (MACI)
  • Osteoarticular (bone and cartilage) transfer (OATS)

At Wake Orthopaedics, we focus on providing progressive orthopedic treatments that utilize the latest tools and a staff of highly trained specialists to make lasting improvements for our patients. Learn more about our practice, meet our doctors and feel free to contact us online with any questions you have.

Cartilage Injury Treatment in Apex, Brier Creek, Cary, Garner & Across Raleigh

For local cartilage injury treatment and many other orthopedic services, rely on Wake Orthopaedics for personable and comprehensive care. It’s our mission to provide you and your community with unmatched service and progressive treatment options.

Make an appointment today by giving your nearest office a call or by filling out the form to the right of the page.

At Wake Orthopaedics, we have more than a decade of experience treating cartilage injuries & offering cartilage repair at our six offices in Apex, Brier Creek, Cary, Garner, North Raleigh, & Raleigh, NC.