Chondrolysis is the disappearance of articular cartilage as the result of the disintegration or dissolution of the cartilage matrix and cells. Chondrolysis is often characterized by progressive destruction of articular cartilage, resulting in joint narrowing and stiffness.

Chondrolysis may be idiopathic or may develop after disuse, immobilization or paralysis; may accompany articular conditions such as rheumatoid or septic arthritis; or may complicate slipped capital femoral epiphysis.

Recent studies suggest that chondrolysis may also be linked to the use of intra-articular pain pumps. One study, conducted by The American Journal of Sports Medicine, identified intra-articular pain pumps as the likely cause of a condition known as Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL).

Dr. Charles Beck, a well-respected orthopedic surgeon, has gone so far as to issue a warning to other surgeons that these pain pumps are potentially dangerous and may be directly related to chondrolysis.

Symptoms of chondrolysis include:

  • weakness in the affected joint
  • continued pain
  • clicking, popping or grinding
  • decreased range of motion


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If you or a loved one have been injured by an intra-articular pain pump, if you have been diagnosed with chondrolysis or PAGCL, or if you are experiencing the symptoms associated with chondrolysis or PAGCL, you may have a claim against the manufacturers of these pain pumps.

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