Patient Comments: Osteochondritis Dissecans - Treatments

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What forms of treatment have you tried for osteochondritis dissecans? Did you have surgery? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Lineman17, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 07

Ten years ago I had microfracture surgery to repair osteochondritis dissecans in my ankle. My ankle is very painful again, looks like a revision surgery is coming.

Comment from: KPMOM, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 01

Young active 12 year old boy, super baseball player, normally physically active, complained of knee pain getting progressively worse over 6 months. First in October 2017, took him to the Urgent Care and x-ray revealed nothing. We went to the general physician and nothing was found. But she did refer him for physiotherapy (not the orthopedist). It took weeks to get in. They only did evaluation at first. We had to wait for actual therapy. Then we went to the emergency room late October. X-rays again revealed nothing, was told it was probably Osgood Schlatter disease, 'very common in kids.' Back to the physiotherapist who said he will try to treat it as strengthening thigh muscles above the knee to resume proper patellar tracking. Finally get the orthopedic referral and waited weeks to get in. Saw the orthopedist (great pediatrician) took x-rays. Aha, it showed osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) and she wanted to confirm diagnosis with MRI. MRI radiologist saw 'nothing'. Waited weeks for the next orthopedic visit. Meanwhile, poor kid’s been on crutches, various braces, icing every day, and now end of November he's in a hard cast for 6 weeks as orthopedist says she can clearly see the OCD evidence in the films. So crazy to get the diagnosis, then think he doesn't have it and now that he does, and now the treatment is a cast for 6 weeks. Poor kid, formerly physically active, will likely lose his spot on a very active and respected baseball team, plus sleeping with a cast, trying to move around at all is crazy. I can see him slipping into depression. I’ve got to stop it. Will check back when we see if this will work.

Comment from: bits and bobs, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 10

At age 12 to 20 I suffered burning pain in leg from ankle to thigh (but not in knee), especially at night in bed. Then a young doctor said it was just growing pains (not true). One day I got out of car and a lump appeared in my knee (the size of your knuckle). It would move about the knee causing pain (sometimes knee would give way). I was eventually diagnosed with osteochondritis dissecans at age 21. I had operation successfully but woke up with other knee operated on as well (they said the other knee was going to go the same way). I recovered well. I have had a few aches and pains over the years (a bit of arthritis), now Age 64 and still mobile.

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