|Grade III Chondrosis of the Medial Compartment|
Your diagnosis is deep (Grade III) cartilage damage of the inner (medial) weight-bearing compartment.
Injury or Condition
This condition represents a breakdown of the weight bearing (articular) cartilage of your knee. Cartilage cracks lead to deep fissures. The outer cartilage “skin” is lost and leads to progressive erosion of the deeper cartilage layers. This condition is pre-arthritic in most patients.
The most common cause is abnormally accelerated “wear and tear” of this protective cartilage layers within your knee. This may evolve from a previous high impact injury (often unrecognized), obesity or prolonged weight-bearing on hard surfaces. It can develop from a prior injury or loss of the shock absorbing fibrocartilage (meniscus) within the inner (medial) weight-bearing compartment of your knee.
Typical symptoms include pain that is related to weight-bearing activities and is relieved by rest. Pain is often located along the inner (medial) aspect of the knee. Slight swelling and weakness are commonly present. Also, some patients may experience a catching or grinding sensation.
Standard treatment includes:
Complete recovery is rare. Treatment is designed to improve knee function and delay the development of osteoarthritis. In cases treated by arthroscopic surgery, recovery takes 1-6 months depending on the extent of cartilage damage.