What is articular cartilage injury of the knee?
Articular cartilage injury causes a specific kind of knee pain. The ends of the three bones in the knee joint are covered with what is known as articular cartilage – a tough, elastic material that helps absorb shock and allows the knee joint to move smoothly. For many people, time and activity can cause wear and tear on the cartilage, creating lesions, which can throw off the intricate design of the joint.
If this happens, the joint can become inflamed and painful. If the lesion
is large enough, the bone underneath the cartilage loses protection.
Pressure and strain on this unprotected portion of the bone then becomes
a source of pain in and around the knee. Patients with this injury often experience pain and swelling of the knee joint, locking of the knees,
and dull pain around or under the kneecap when taking the stairs or
walking up or down hills.
How the FastTRACK Study may help.
The FastTRACK Study is evaluating the safety and effectiveness of a one-step procedure to help regrow cartilage in the knee and reduce pain in those suffering from this condition.
Who may qualify.
The FastTRACK Study may be appropriate for those who meet the following criteria:
- Are between the ages of 18 and 60
- Have been diagnosed with – or believe they suffer from – articular cartilage injury of the knee
- Are in good physical condition and do not have an unstable medical condition or chronic disease
The study consists of a screening period, a treatment procedure, and a post-procedure rehabilitation and follow-up period. The screening period may last up to 60 days prior to randomization. Once randomized, subjects are treated with the one-step procedure or a microfracture comparator treatment. You will participate in six follow-up clinical visits after the procedure.
The study doctor and the research site staff can provide you with additional details and are happy to answer any questions you may have.