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A 24-year-old member asked:

what can i do to help unlodge a piece of cartilage from my knee?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holt answered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Tough one: There's really nothing you can do. I imagine you ask this because it keeps catching or clicking or locking up on you. Take less stairs to help reduce those symptoms. Eventually it may degrade enough to stop catching or catch so bad between the joint it tears some. Then once the pain subsides it may be better, but f it gets worse the only way to fix it is an arthroscopic resection of the torn piece.
Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Surgery: If you have a locked knee due to a displaced meniscus, it needs to be addressed surgically. It many spontaneously unlock but the problem of the torn minic remains. Could give out or re-lock at a time that it puts you at risk for more serious injury.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

What does thinning of the cartilage in my knee mean for my health?

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Dr. Robert Levine
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Early Osteoarthosis: Thinning cartilage is a x-ray finding for early oa. It is a warning that your knee is starting to wear out and it means that you may have to make some lifestyle changes. If you are overweight, you should lose weight. You may need to modify your activity, for example, void high impact sports. If you exercise, you may have to modify your program to decrease stress and strain on your knees.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How long does it typically take for a cracked cartilage in the knee to heal?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Short term: Conservatively speaking; and without knowing any other information about you...4-8 weeks.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for a tear in your cartilage in your knee called?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
It depends: When the cartilage surface is the injured part it is called an osteochondral injury. However, patients will also describe meniscal injuries as "cartilage tears" which is incorrect but a very common description by patients. The menisci are the soft tissue shock absorbers in the knee between the bones and are frequently what "tears" inside the knee.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Why can't new cartilage be injected directly into a knee?

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Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Cartilage Conundrum: Cartilage in its many various shapes and forms, is a solid tissue, unlike other body fluids. It therefore cannot be "injected" as one might think. Cells can be injected in the hopes of taking seed and growing but unfortunately this technology does not yet exist. Cartilage patches have been grafted to injured sites in the joint but have high failure rates and must be surgically positioned.
A 50-year-old member asked:

What is the cartilage in the knee between the femoral condyle and the medial called?

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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Intercondylar notch: This is the name of the depression between the medial and lateral femoral condyles.

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