Bone-on-bone friction from cartilage loss leads to pain and inflammation in the knee joint. Cartilage degeneration or a cartilage injury can cause the following symptoms:
- Knee pain
- Swelling, tenderness, and achiness
- Locking of the knee joint
- Cracking, popping, and grinding sensations during movement
Articular cartilage damage can worsen over time. If the damage progresses, it is possible to start having difficulty walking, climbing stairs, or bending and straightening the knee all the way.
Contact an orthopaedic while exhibiting any of the above symptoms. Receiving a prompt diagnosis and starting a treatment plan early can help slow or prevent further damage.