Articular cartilage injury
How does a doctor know my child has an articular cartilage injury?
The physician examines your child's joint, looking for
- decreased range of motion
- pain along the joint line
- fluid on the knee
- abnormal ailment of the bones making-up the joint
- ligament or meniscal injury
Because an articular cartilage injury is hard to diagnose, your child's doctor may also require
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body
- Arthroscopy – a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that inserts a small camera into the joint for the doctor to inspect.