A 36-year-old male asked:
can deterioration of the knee cartilage affect the whole leg? ( by way of muscle strain, cramps, or weakness when stepping)
2 doctor answers
Dr. Amin Ashrafzadeh answered
23 years experience Ophthalmology
Yes: Probably best see your primary care or rheumatologist.
Answered on Feb 3, 2013
Dr. Stephen Daquino answered
20 years experience Sports Medicine
Very Good Chance!: If your knee cartilage is damaged, your knee will not function correctly. Most folks will favor the other knee, or alter their body mechanics to compensate. This may with time lead to dysfunction in other areas. Your body can also involuntarily stop firing muscle groups to try to protect the injured knee. A good physical therapy program or home exercises may be an option if early enough.
Answered on Aug 2, 2013
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