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Cartilage Injuries in the knee: Evaluation and Treatment

Cartilage is the strong and smooth substance that makes up the gliding surfaces in our joints. It is made up of cells call chondrocytes. Cartilage injuries can occur in any joint but are most-commonly found in weight bearing joints like the knee and ankle. The goal of treatment for any cartilage defect or injury is preserving the person’s normal cartilage to prevent future osteoarthritis. Unfortunately, our bodies do not have the ability to heal or repair a cartilage defect with normal cartilage cells. Luckily, there are many different types of surgical options for cartilage injuries.

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Is my bone broken or fractured? Dr. Matthew A. Handling

One of the most common orthopaedic injuries is a broken bone....

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One of the most common Orthopaedic injuries is a broken bone.

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Matthew A. Handling, M.D.

Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

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Quick Bio

Top Doc – 2014, 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021
Treasurer, Delaware Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons


  • Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic Surgery 
  • Sports Medicine, Arthroscopic Surgery 
  • Shoulder: Arthroscopy, Rotator cuff tear, Instability, Labral tears, Biceps tears 
  • Knee: Arthroscopy, ACL tears, revision ACL reconstruction, Knee dislocation, Meniscus repair, Cartilage repair, Arthritis, Total Knee Replacement 
  • Fracture care

Meet the Physician

Medical School

  • Thomas Jefferson Medical College


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


  • Sports Medicine, New England Baptist Hospital


  • Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon 
  • Certificate of Added Qualification, Sports Medicine (CAQ Sports Medicine)

Hospital Affiliations

  • Christiana Care Health System

Professional Societies

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America 
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine 
  • Delaware Medical Society 
  • Delaware Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Community Interests

  • Sports Medicine team physicians for multiple Delaware high schools 
  • Sports Medicine consultant for local colleges 
  • Educator, Christiana Care 
  • Volunteer, Delaware Special Olympics 
  • Clinical Preceptor Physician Assistant Programs
    • Jefferson Medical College 
    • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine 
    • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services