Inside the knee joint, loose bodies are fragments of detached cartilage or bone. Additionally, may be trapped (stable) within the joint or fragments may be free floating (unstable). Depending on the severity of the trauma, you may have one or more loose bodies in or around your knee joint.
Unfortunately, no, this will not happen without medical intervention. Loose bodies in knee won’t simply disappear on their own. Carolinas Pain Center will help evaluate your knee pain to figure out if this is what is causing you knee pain. However, our providers and pain specialists will offer an individualized, multidisciplinary approach to care and treatment plan.
These loose bodies can hinder the joint moment by getting caught in flexion and extension movements. For example, they can vary in size from a few millimeters (such as the size of a small pill) to a few centimeters (the size of a quarter). In addition, the fragments can lead to damage to the articular cartilage, causing osteoarthritis.