Floating Bone and Cartilage Fragments

What happens when bone and cartilage fragments become independent?

Whether from injury, inflammation or from an additional growth, the removal of loose fragments should be performed as soon as possible to limit pain in the hip joint and to prevent further complications such as arthritis.
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Free-floating fragments lead to a restriction of movement in the hip joint. In the early stages, they do not cause any pain, because the affected joint area is insensitive to pain. Early diagnosis is therefore extremely important to prevent damage to the joint.

If free-floating fragments are found between the femoral head and the acetabulum, the patient may begin to experience restricted movement in the hip joint. Due to constant movement and pressure, this fragment may disappear over time. However, it can also lead to the creation of more loose fragments. This will surely lead to excessive wear on the joint. It is only at this stage that a patient will begin to complain of hip pain. Prompt treatment will then be necessary.

Bone and cartilage fragments can usually be detected either by x-ray or MRI. Even if nothing can be seen, the possibility of their existence will lead to an arthroscopic diagnosis. Within this framework, the fragments will be removed from the joint. If the fragments have caused any damage to the joint and the remaining cartilage, additional reconstructive measures may need to be taken.

Professor Lill, your specialist for treating hip pain: diagnosing and treating hip conditions requires a lot of experience and knowledge, which is why you should turn to a specialist. The best option is to arrange an appointment with Professor Lill today. His experience in diagnosing and treating loose bone and cartilage fragments in the hip joint will certainly get you back to a pain-free lifestyle in no time.