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Cartilage tears are they common and what is the best way to fix it especially. in the knees?

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Dr. Steve Springer
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Pretty Common: I would have a lengthy discussion with your orthopoedic surgeon and review your MRI results in detail. Depending on the extent and location of the tear there are multiple modalities available for treatment....Surgical and conservative.
Dr. TORY MCJUNKIN
Pain Management 19 years experience
Knee pain: Cartilage tears and cartilage degeneration are extremely common, especially in the knees. Cartilage lays over the knee bones and lines the joint. It also produces synovial fluid which acts as a lubricant and reduces friction inside the joint (think oil inside your engine). Fix: consider physical therapy, relubricating hyluronic acid injections, regenerative treatment(prp, stem cells), or surgery.

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