Articular Cartilage Injury | Testing & 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.