New Understanding of Cartilage Degradation After ACL Injury

cartilage degradation after ACL injury

A new international study has revealed how cartilage degradation occurs after an ACL injury. The first of its kind study was published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. The goal of the research was to establish disease progression to help prevent Osteoarthritis caused by cartilage degeneration.

Here, we will look at what this new global study found and why MBST can be a good treatment option for ACL injuries.

New research into knee cartilage degradation

The study was carried out by multiple universities, including the University of Eastern Finland, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California San Francisco, and the Cleveland Clinic.

The researchers managed to capture the two mechanisms responsible for the progression of Osteoarthritis. Using a computational physics-based model, cartilage degeneration and recovery scenarios could be analysed after an ACL injury.

Recommendations are now being made for practitioners to use Magnetic Resonance Imaging in patients who undergo a ligament reconstruction[i]. Degradative changes can be monitored through 3D computational models, alongside clinical gait analysis.

What is an ACL injury?

Cruciate ligaments are found within the knee joint. They control the back and front motion of the knee, providing stability and keeping the tibia and femur in place. These ligaments can be damaged in several ways, and they are one of the most common sporting injuries experienced.

When an ACL injury occurs, you may hear a popping noise, or feel the knee give way. Other symptoms include a loss of motion, pain and swelling, discomfort when walking, and tenderness that can be felt along the line of the joint.

If the ACL experiences a massive tear, it is not likely to heal without surgery. However, some types of ACL injuries can be successfully treated with non-invasive management. There is evidence to suggest that those who suffer an ACL injury are at an increased risk of Osteoarthritis.

Treating Osteoarthritis with MBST

MBST is proving to be an effective treatment for early Osteoarthritis. This non-surgical approach aims to preserve the joint, by reversing cartilage degeneration.

MBST utilises targeted magnetic resonance imagery to transfer energy to tissue – in the cartilage this can help stimulate production of new cells. The body’s own natural healing process are then triggered to start regeneration. MBST is also thought to trigger anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects.

If you would like to determine whether MBST could be a good treatment option for you, call us on 020 3282 7553 to book a consultation today. After assessing your suitability, a treatment plan will be created if MBST is found to be a suitable option.