Current strategies for nonsurgical, arthroscopic, and minimally invasive surgical treatment of knee cartilage pathology.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The current approaches to treating articular cartilage defects in the knee comprise a spectrum from pharmacologic therapies to total knee arthroplasty. Nonsurgical treatment can include anti-inflammatory medications, bracing, and physical therapy. Surgical treatments include reconstructive repair of a small or large defect using microfracture, osteochondral autograft transplantation, autologous chrondrocyte transplantation, or osteochondral allograft transplantation; realignment procedures including osteotomies; and unicompartmental arthroplasty. A comprehensive algorithm can be used to determine the appropriate treatment for knee defects.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sgaglione, NA; Chen, E; Bert, JM; Amendola, A; Bugbee, WD

Published Date

  • 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 59 /

Start / End Page

  • 157 - 180

PubMed ID

  • 20415378

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0065-6895


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States