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Doctor insights on: Can Cartilage Be Reshaped Through Manual Manipulation Or Pressure

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Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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A piece of cartilage below the top earflap of my earlobe gives off extreme pain when slight pressure is put on it. What could this be?

Pressure sore lesion: It is possibly a pressure sore lesion. See your dermatologist or ENT doctor and ask them if you have a chondrodermatitis nodularis helicis chronicus lesion? ...Read more

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I can pop my costal cartilage out by either using my hands to pop it out or by putting pressure on it. It doesn't hurt. Is there a name for this?

I can pop my costal cartilage out by either using my hands to pop it out or by putting pressure on it. It doesn't hurt. Is there a name for this?

Yes: its called "popping your costal cartilage out". Probably a bad idea to do it often, as over time you can damage the supporting soft tissue and cause them to get lax and weak. Might be better off finding something more productive to keep you amused. ;-) ...Read more

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I got a cartilage piercing a few months ago, how do I get rid of the pressure bumps?

I got a cartilage piercing a few months ago, how do I get rid of the pressure bumps?

See a Dermatologist: Some people get keloid scarring from piercing. If the bumps are growing bigger, go see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Still suffering after 1 1/2 years from a torn first rib cartilage. Brachial plexus is irritated when i exert any pressure. Any suggestions?

Wow! How did you: Manage to get here? Do a search then reach out to the selected thoracic orthopedic surgeons to discuss options... It may heal over time...The worry is how it heals... Best luck! please follow up with me... ...Read more