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Our Approach to Treating

Knee Cartilage Injuries

NYU Langone doctors diagnose and offer comprehensive treatment programs for knee cartilage injuries. Knee cartilage includes articular cartilage, which is a smooth protective material that cushions the ends of bones inside the knee and other joints. Damage to the knee articular cartilage can cause pain, inflammation, mechanical clicking and catching, and reduced range of motion of the joint, interfering with your daily activities.

Surgery is often the treatment of choice for younger, active people with knee articular cartilage injuries that do not respond to nonsurgical approaches. Our internationally known, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center and the Sports Medicine Center offer the latest techniques for helping to repair the joint, including using healthy tissue from your own knee or from a donor for transplant. Specialists at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center offer comprehensive, personalized rehabilitation programs to help with postsurgical recovery.

Treatment for Knee Cartilage Injuries

Treatment options for knee cartilage injuries include nonsurgical approaches such as anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and injections into the joint. Our doctors also offer the latest surgical approaches to resurface the joint, which may reduce symptoms, improve function, and delay the onset and progression of osteoarthritis.

Our Research and Education in Knee Cartilage Injuries

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.