Loose Bodies

Loose bodies in the knee are fragments of bone or cartilage that have become detached from the joint and are floating within the knee.



  • Degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis, traumatic injuries.


  • They can cause pain, swelling, and instability in the knee, as well as locking or catching sensations.
  • It is diagnosed through physical examination or an X-ray, MRI, CT scans.


  • Treatment options depend on the size, location and severity of the condition
  • Conservative measures such as physical therapy, NSAID’s, and knee bracing.
  • Surgery may be necessary in severe cases for the removal of loose bodies.

In order to prevent loose bodies in the knee, it is important to maintain a healthy weight, engage in regular exercise to strengthen the muscles around the knee, and avoid activities that place excessive stress on the knee joint.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation are crucial components of treatment for loose bodies in the knee, as they can help to improve knee strength and stability, reduce pain and inflammation, and prevent the formation of new loose bodies.Additionally, early treatment of underlying conditions such as osteoarthritis or knee injuries can help to prevent the formation of loose bodies in the knee.

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    Dr. Vijay Kumar Sohanlal
    Orthopedic surgeon
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