Loose Bodies

Loose bodies are small loose fragments of cartilage or a bone that float around the joint.  Loose bodies occur if there is bleeding within the joint, death of tissues lining the joints associated with tuberculosis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Other causes include fractures, trauma, bone and cartilage inflammation, and benign tumours of the synovial membrane.

Loose Bodies


  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Locking or catching of the joint


  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • CT scan
  • Arthrography

Non-Surgical Treatments:

  • Dry Needling
  • Steroid and Hyaluronic Acid Image Guided Injections
  • Image Guided Calcific Barbotage

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