How do I know whether my joint pain is osteochondritis dissecans?
The symptoms of osteochondritis dissecans include:
- Swelling of the affected joint
- Decreased joint movement, such as not being able to fully extend your arm or your leg
- Pain, especially after activity
- Stiffness after resting
- A joint that "sticks" or "locks"
- A clicking sound when you move the joint
These are all clues that you may have osteochondritis dissecans. Your doctor will check you to be sure the joint is stable and check for extra fluid in the joint. Your doctor will consider all the possible causes of joint pain, including fractures, sprains and osteochondritis dissecans.
Osteochondritis Dissecans: A Diagnosis Not to Miss by AL Hixon, M.D. and LM Gibbs, M.D. (American Family Physician January 01, 2000, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20000101/151.html)
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