Osteochondritis Dissecans Specialist in New Jersey

Osteochondritis Dissecans is a condition that occurs in the joint, in which the bone beneath the cartilage in the joint “dies” due to lack of blood flow. Once the area has been deprived of blood flow, the bone and cartilage above it can break loose, causing severe pain and limited joint motion. The condition mostly occurs in children who participate in high-impact activities that involve jumping and/or running, which can cause stress on the joint.

Causes of Osteochondritis Dissecans

The exact cause of Osteochondritis Dissecans is unknown in the medical world. Many speculate that repeated trauma to an area can affect the blood flow to the end of the bone, leaving the joint area void of adequate blood flow. It is, however, determined that the condition mainly affects males aged eight to eighteen, who participate in high-impact activities that involve jumping and running. While the condition normally occurs in the knee, it can also occur in elbows, ankles, and other joints in the body.

Symptoms of Osteochondritis Dissecans

Symptoms of Osteochondritis Dissecans can vary depending on what joint is affected by the condition. The most common symptom that will be experienced, regardless of where the affected joint is, is pain trigged by physical activities like walking up an incline, walking up a set of stairs, or participating in a sport. Those suffering from Osteochondritis Dissecans may experience a sensation of popping and locking in the affected joint, as well as weakness and a decreased range of motion in the joint. Swelling and tenderness may also accompany pain and discomfort in the joint.

Treatment for Osteochondritis Dissecans in New Jersey

NJOI’s goal for treatment of Osteochondritis Dissecans is to restore the normal function of the affected joint, as well as reducing the risk of osteoarthritis from occurring in the damaged joint region. Since the condition usually affects younger males who are still undergoing growth, the damage to the bone and joint may heal on its own. If Osteochondritis Dissecans has affected the knee region, crutches may be recommended to avoid walking with a limp, which can affect other areas of the body. Range of motion exercises and stretching will help to strengthen muscles that provide support to the affected joint. If a piece of the dead bone has fragmented into your joint, surgery may be recommended. The scope of the surgery will depend on the size of the fragment and how mature the bones are.

Watching a child deal with an injury is a difficult thing for a parent to endure. Choose NJOI to help your young athlete recover from their injury and get back on the field in no time! The team at NJOI has helped many young people cope with and recover from Osteochondritis Dissecans in the past, so you can trust our expert treatment plans. NJOI’s 6 locations in Northern and Central New Jersey make it convenient for our patients to receive treatment without having to travel far from home. We have offices in Clifton, Wayne, Bridgewater, Butler, and Morristown. Call us to schedule an appointment at 973-273-3431.

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Meet The Team

Vincent K. McInerney, M.D.


Founding member, Vincent K. McInerney, M.D., graduated from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in 1977 with honors as one of the top medical students in his class.

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Anthony Festa, M.D.


Dr. Anthony Festa is an orthopaedic surgeon in his seventh year of practice at the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute.

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Anthony J. Scillia, M.D.


Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine.

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Robert M. Palacios, M.D.


Dr. Robert Palacios is board-certified and fellowship trained, and has been specializing in outpatient orthopedics and sports medicine for over two decades.

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Craig Wright, M.D.


Craig Wright, MD joins New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute by way of Totowa, NJ where he was born and raised.

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John Callaghan, M.D.


John Callaghan, M.D. is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma specialist. His expertise encompasses the treatment of acute traumatic injuries.

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Other Locations

Wayne Office

504 Valley Rd. Ste 200 Wayne, NJ 07470

Butler Office

45 Carey Ave. Butler, NJ 07405

Morristown Office

111 Madison Ave. Ste 400 Morristown, NJ 07962

Bridgewater Office

720 Rte. 202-206 Bridgewater, NJ 08807

West-Milford Office

1900 Union Valley Rd Hewitt, NJ 07421