When cartilage is damaged from injury or wear and tear, it does not repair itself without treatment. Thin or damaged cartilage can lead to osteoarthritis, pain, swelling and loss of mobility. If left untreated, the cartilage can continue to deteriorate and eventually may need replacement. One joint preservation treatment that can help with cartilage thickness and repair is joint percutaneous drilling, available through the practice of Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds in San Jose.
Cartilage acts as a padding between the bones in joints, reducing friction and improving movement. When cartilage is damaged, swelling, pain and joint dysfunction are bound to occur. Osteoarthritis can also follow, further damaging the joint and causing mobility problems. To stimulate cartilage healing and protect the joint, removal of damaged cartilage and microfracture drilling to promote healing can be an effective treatment option.
How does Microfracture Drilling Preserve Joins?
Microfracture drilling is a joint preservation treatment that can help reduce pain and improve cartilage health. This treatment is performed through arthroscopy, using a tiny camera and light to view the inside of the joint and remove any damaged or loose cartilage. Once the cartilage is debrided, small holes are drilled into the damaged joint area. These microfractures stimulate a healing response, which can grow cartilage scar tissue that can cushion the joint.
Microfracture drilling in joints with lost or damaged cartilage can help reduce pain and swelling while preserving the joint function. This is a minimally-invasive procedure that can be very effective for those with knee or other joint problems. Dr. Reynolds may recommend this treatment be combined with other joint preservation treatments to obtain the best results.
If you suffer from cartilage damage that is affecting your mobility or quality of life, joint preservation therapy may be an option to avoid or delay replacement surgery. Contact the practice of Dr. Reynolds to schedule a joint health consultation to discuss the options available, including joint microfracture drilling.