Articular Cartilage Injury | Testing and Diagnosis

How does a doctor know my child has an articular cartilage injury?

The physician examines your child's joint, looking for

•   decreased range of motion
•   pain along the joint line
•   swelling
•   fluid on the knee
•   abnormal ailment of the bones making-up the joint
•   ligament or meniscal injury

Because an articular cartilage injury is hard to diagnose, your child's doctor may also require:

•   Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets,
    radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body

•   Arthroscopy – a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that inserts a small camera into the joint for the doctor
    to inspect.