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Signs & Symptoms Orthopedics

Knee Cartilage Injury
Signs and Symptoms

If your knee cartilage is damaged, you may experience decreased range of motion, pain along the knee joint line (where the femur meets the tibia), swelling, abnormal bone alignment, and related injuries to the knee ligaments or menisci (fibrocartilage discs cushioning the inner and outer edges of the knee joint). Also, you may sense clicking or grinding within the knee or experience episodes in which the joint locks or gives way.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.