Observational – OCD lesions in growing adolescents will in most cases heal on their own. Rest and avoiding vigorous physical exercises will help reduce the pain and swelling.
Non-Surgical – If symptoms persist, your physician may recommend the use of crutches, or splinting of casting of the affected joint area for a short period of time. In most cases, symptoms improve in a couple of months.
Surgical – Treatment may be recommended by your physician if:
- Nonsurgical methods are ineffective
- The lesion is very large (greater than 1 cm in diameter)
- The fragmented lesion has detached and is moving around in the joint;
- Your child’s knee bones are done growing. There are different surgical methods unique for each case.
- Fixing the lesion in place with pins and screws
- Drilling into lesion to create a pathway for new blood vessels to nourish the damaged bone
- Using bone and cartilage grafts to replace the lesion and regenerate healthy bone