Osteochondritis Dissecans (OD) is a painful joint condition where a segment of bone underneath the cartilage cracks and separates from the rest of the bone. This is thought to occur because of lack of blood flow to the bone that is affected. OD is common in athletic children and adolescents though it can occur at any age.
Traditional treatment modalities include splinting and resting the affected joint. Sometimes if conservative therapy is unsuccessful surgery may be recommended.
Regenerative therapies have been shown to be successful at treating OD and in those patients surgery can be avoided.