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Osteochondritis dissecans


Other Names for this Disease
  • Kônig disease
  • OD
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Treatment

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How might osteochondritis dissecans be treated?

The primary aim of treatment for osteochondritis dissecans is to restore normal function of the affected joint, relieve pain and prevent osteoarthritis. Treatment for the condition varies depending on many factors including the age of the affected person and the severity of the symptoms. In children and young teens, osteochondritis dissecans often heals overtime without surgical treatment. These cases are often managed with rest and in some cases, crutches and/or splinting to relieve pain and swelling.[1][2][3]

If non-surgical treatments are not successful or the case is particularly severe (i.e. the cartilage and bone are moving around within the joint space), surgery may be recommended. Following surgery, physical therapy is often necessary to improve the strength and range of motion of the affected joint.[1][2][3]
Last updated: 2/8/2015

References
  1. Osteochondritis dissecans. Mayo Clinic. September 2012; http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/osteochondritis-dissecans/basics/symptoms/con-20024803.
  2. Osteochondritis Dissecans. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. March 2012; http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00610.
  3. Grant Cooper, MD. Osteochondritis Dissecans. Medscape Reference. May 2014; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1253074-overview#a0112.


Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Osteochondritis dissecans. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Kônig disease
  • OD
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.