Dr. Ellis evaluating a patient's knee in clinic.

Jan 17, 2019 / Sports Medicine

Tips to Know About Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee

This week, members from our sports medicine team are attending the sixth annual Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society (PRiSM) meeting. Among many small group sessions, our team is part of a multi-center research group focused on osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the knee. This condition causes changes in the cartilage and bone on the surface of the knee joint. 

Here are the top things you need to know about OCD:
  • Repetitive motions in a sport or activity may be a cause.
  • It most commonly seen in the knee but can also occur in the ankle or elbow.
  • When treated early, rest and bracing can help the tissues recover. In some cases, surgery is necessary. 
Knee pain that occurs during or after activity should be evaluated by a medical professional. Treatment outcomes are best when the condition is diagnosed in early stages.

The Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine conducts ongoing research regarding this condition. Learn more about what our experts are discovering.  

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