Mr Paul Gaston, Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB (Hons), FRCSEd, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Cartilage damage of the knee

Sometimes small isolated patches of the joint surface (articular cartilage – the part that bears the load in the joint) can be damaged causing pain on weight bearing, especially after activities. The classical place in the knee is on the deep surface of the kneecap (patella), which can cause pain with activities on a bent knee – eg coming downstairs or kneeling – and ‘giving way’: the muscles let go to take the pressure off the kneecap.  If small, these patches can sometimes be repaired but often the area of damage increases leading to full blown osteoarthritis.

0131 316 2530

Clinics on a Monday morning