Cartilage problems are the most common source of knee pain. More than two million people in the United States suffer from cartilage problems each year.

The cause may be an obvious injury or the problem may develop gradually without trauma. Whatever the cause, areas of damaged cartilage may cause pain and at times swelling, making it difficult for the person affected to enjoy an active lifestyle.

Physical therapy very often can optimize a patient’s care, minimizing or eliminating their symptoms and negating the need for surgical intervention.

Most times physical therapy is the initial treatment of choice for a patient with a cartilage problem.