Depending on the joint that's affected, signs and symptoms of osteochondritis dissecans might include:
- Pain. This most common symptom of osteochondritis dissecans might be triggered by physical activity — walking up stairs, climbing a hill or playing sports.
- Swelling and tenderness. The skin around your joint might be swollen and tender.
- Joint popping or locking. Your joint might pop or stick in one position if a loose fragment gets caught between bones during movement.
- Joint weakness. You might feel as though your joint is "giving way" or weakening.
- Decreased range of motion. You might be unable to straighten the affected limb completely.
When to see a doctor
If you have persistent pain or soreness in your knee, elbow or another joint, see your doctor. Other signs and symptoms that should prompt a call or visit to your doctor include joint swelling or an inability to move a joint through its full range of motion.
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