Loose Bodies

The articulating portions of a ball and socket joint are cushioned by a firm, smooth tissue called articular cartilage. Healthy articular cartilage minimizes friction between joints and prevents damage to the bones as they glide smoothly against one another. When articular cartilage is damaged, due to osteoarthritis or other conditions, small pieces of cartilage may break loose into the synovial fluid. Similarly, after a fracture, small fragments of bone, or bone attached to cartilage, may float into the joint space. These small fragments of cartilage or bone inside the joint that are not normally present are collectively known as loose bodies.

Explore Loose Bodies of the Hip

Explore Loose Bodies of the Knee

Explore Loose Bodies of the Shoulder

Back in the Game Patient Stories

Need Help Finding a Physician?

Call us toll-free at:
+1.877.606.1555

Conditions & Treatments

adult child
Select A Body Part
Conditions: Adult head Conditions: Adult spine Conditions: Adult shoulder Conditions: Adult elbow Conditions: Adult hand Conditions: Adult hip Conditions: Adult knee Conditions: Adult ankle Conditions: Adult head Conditions: Adult full body Conditions: Child spine Conditions: Child elbow Conditions: Child hip Conditions: Child hand Conditions: Child knee Conditions: Child ankle Conditions: Child full body


Conditions A-Z
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
SEE ALL