Cartilage damage follows a significant injury to the elbow, such as a dislocation or fracture. However, it can also be the result of osteoarthritis or normal wear and tear from age and activity. To diagnose elbow cartilage damage, the physician will ask the patient about the symptoms they experience, which usually include swelling, joint pain, stiffens, and a clicking or grinding sensation.
If they suspect cartilage damage, they will refer the patient to several medical specialists to determine how severe the damage is. The patient will undergo one or both of the following: