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Current Concepts in Articular Cartilage

  • Brian P. McKeon
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The treatment of articular cartilage (AC) lesions remains controversial. Studies have documented a significant incidence of these defects [1–3]; however, progression of chondral defects and necessity of treatment are widely debated. Certainly, symptomatic, full-thickness AC lesions are challenging to treat. Additionally, there is very little evidence-based medicine that argues for one treatment method over another. However, over the past decade, there has been a tremendous surge of interest in AC. The International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) began in 1997 and has provided a forum to allow clinicians and basic scientists to share expertise and develop ground-breaking concepts. In the past decade, our basic science knowledge has improved exponentially, thus laying the foundation for strategic clinical concepts.

Keywords

Articular Cartilage Subchondral Bone Medial Femoral Condyle Continuous Passive Motion Osteochondritis Dissecans 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian P. McKeon
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicsTufts University School of Medicine, New England Baptist HospitalBoston
  2. 2.Boston Sports and Shoulder CenterChestnut Hill

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