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OCD Causes

Genetic, hormonal, environmental, or nutritional factors may cause OCD. A loose piece of bone or cartilage separates from the end of the bone, often causing blood loss and insufficient calcium supply. A stiff or unstable joint is caused by the loose piece, which may either stay in place or slide. A serious injury in the area causes an oversupply of calcium, which may also result to a stiff or unstable joint.

OCD Definition

Osteochondritis dissecans is a condition of having a painful and inflamed loose joint. The formation of a lesion within the cartilage gives rise to a secondary inflammation.

OCD Diagnosis

OCD is common among boys and young men. It is now also becoming common with girls into sports. Specialists conduct MRI or x-ray to check whether the bone is still in its place to determine if the pains are pains are osteochondritis dissecans. If the condition is caught early, the doctor injects a harmless dye into the blood stream, which will show likely area of the calcium build-up. This allows an easier removal process.

OCD Symptoms and Signs

Individuals with OCD usually suffer from unstable and stiff joints such as the knees, ankles, or the elbow.

OCD Treatment

OCD patients often undergo surgery. However, young patients may only undergo knee immobilization using crutches to allow the bone to reattach on its own. This method is done only the bone is partially connected to the joint. The patient then undergoes physiotherapy and x-ray or MRI to check the healing results. If the joint is not healed, doctors will recommend surgery. Patients have a 50% chance of healing without surgery.

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