Diseases of Subchondral Bone 1

Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2016 Jun;24(2):44-9. doi: 10.1097/JSA.0000000000000112.


The subchondral zone plays an important role in both the structural and biochemical maintenance of articular cartilage. Knowledge of the structure, function, and pathophysiology of the normal subchondral bone/articular surface interface is essential for an understanding of the pathogenesis of many of the disease entities that we will review in this chapter.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bone and Bones / diagnostic imaging
  • Bone and Bones / injuries*
  • Contusions / diagnostic imaging*
  • Contusions / pathology
  • Humans
  • Knee Joint* / diagnostic imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans / diagnostic imaging
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans / etiology
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans / therapy*