What is Osteochondritis Dissecans?
Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) is a fragmentation and possible separation of a portion of the cartilage of the joint. It is caused by trauma in about 50% of cases, but can also form as a result of genetic abnormalities, repetitive stress, or lack of blood supply. If left untreated, the loose cartilage body may increase in size and cause locking and clicking in the elbow.
Small OCD fragments can sometimes be reabsorbed by the body and will only require conservative treatments such as rest and activity modification. However, larger fragments may need to be surgically removed.
Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for Osteochondritis Dissecans and a wide variety of other elbow conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide and Darwin. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.