Loose Bodies in the Knee
Specialist in the Treatment of Loose Bodies in the Knee
People who overused the knee joint due to work or sports or who have suffered a knee injury are at a higher risk of loose bodies in the knee. The condition may also occur among those who have a degenerative joint disease such as arthritis. Specialist in the treatment of loose bodies in the knee, Dr. Kelechi Okoroha provides diagnosis and individualized non‐surgical and surgical management for loose bodies in the knee in Minneapolis. Contact Dr. Okoroha’s team for an appointment today!
What are Loose Bodies in the Knee?
Loose bodies are fragments of detached cartilage or bone inside the knee joint. These fragments may be free floating (unstable) or may be trapped (stable) within the joint. Depending on the severity, you may have one or more loose bodies in your knee joint.
Causes of Loose Bodies in the Knee
You may develop loose bodies in the knee if:
- You have suffered a knee injury.
- You have a degenerative joint disease such as arthritis.
- You overuse the knee joint due to work or sports.
When loose bodies in the knee is suspected, it is important to schedule an orthopedic consultation for proper examination and care. Dr. Kelechi Okoroha is a specialist in the treatment of loose bodies in the knee who provides detailed examination and care for patients with loose bodies in the knee in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.
Symptoms of Loose Bodies in the Knee
You may experience the below symptoms if you have loose bodies in the knee.
- Knee pain.
- Swelling (rare).
- Limited movement of the joint.
- Grating sound (crepitus) with knee movement.
- A sensation of catching or locking in the joint.
- Feeling of something moving in the knee.
Complications of Loose Bodies in the Knee
Left untreated, loose bodies may damage the articular cartilage resulting in osteoarthritis.
Diagnosis of Loose Bodies in the Knee
Dr. Okoroha may ask questions about your health, both past and present, and follow-up with a physical examination of your knee.
Imaging tests of the knee are ordered such as:
- X-ray: Typically, the first test to look for loose bodies in the knee.
- CT scan: Higher-definition images for a more detailed view.
- MRI: Provides a detailed image of nonbony tissue.
- Arthrography: An X-ray of the knee after a dye has been injected into the joint.
This helps Dr. Okoroha to determine how severe your condition is and the kind of treatment you would need.
Treatment of Loose Bodies in the Knee
After careful review of your history and examination, Dr. Okoroha will provide an individualized treatment plan to help you return to your normal function. It is important to treat the condition early to prevent cartilage damage. In less severe cases, non-surgical options such as physical therapy and anti-inflammatory pain medications may help to keep your knee joint flexible. However, in most cases, surgical removal of the loose bodies is required.
The surgery of choice in most cases is knee arthroscopy (“clean out” arthroscopy). It is a minimally invasive surgery and typically results in fewer complications. It further allows Dr. Okoroha to asses any damage to the cartilage and to repair the condition. It is best suitable for removing smaller loose bodies.
Large loose bodies that cannot be removed via arthroscopy are treated by open surgery or arthrotomy. However, this is rare.
Following surgery, a rehabilitation program may be required to restore movement and strength to the knee.
If you have experienced loose bodies in the knee, please contact Dr. Kelechi Okoroha, orthopedic knee specialist treating patients in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Minnesota and beyond.