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How does knee pain occur?

James P. Gurtowski, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Knee pain can be from many causes: arthritis, cartilage damage, meniscal injury, bursitis, gout, infection and others--basically, infection and inflammatory injury. An often overlooked cause is subchondral bone marrow lesion, and/or edema secondary to insufficency. This problem usually resulted in the physician reccomending a knee replacement for pain relief. But now there is an alternative, joint-preserving technique known as subchondroplasty, which allows an organic bone cement to be injected arthroscopically into the bone. This relieves the pain, preserves the joint and allows a return to function. 

 

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