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Can Getting Cartilage Tears Be A Hereditary Problem
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
Low impact exercises: Low impact exercises are generally a good idea when one is suffering from knee injuries. Riding a stationary bike, elliptical machines, or swimming are exercises that will help strengthen the muscles around the knee without causing significant discomfort. Avoid squats or lunges. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can a piece of cartilage get stuck under the kneecap? What are the symptoms of having a ACL problem? Please help
Knee pain: These are two very different problems. When a piece of cartilage gets stuck under your kneecap you will have a locking or catching type problem. You could have problems flexing or extending your knee and certainly problems with going up and down steps. With an ACL injury, there is usually a sense of instability and a sense of the knees shifting. There's usually a sense of apprehension with activities ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I twisted my knee and heard a big loud pop when bowling. Just went to Dr. To get the MRI results. Complex meniscus tear w much cartlidge gone. He gave me a cortisone injection, but also mentioned I would likey end up needing knee replacement. I'm so conf
Treatments specific: Meniscal cartilage tears in older individuals may often be treated nonoperatively. In younger individuals, the goal is repair though some meniscal teas in poorly vascular areas are difficult to heal. Many of these procedures are performed arthroscopically. Your doctor can discuss your MRI findings, your personal goals and the best specific treatment for your personal circumstances. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the difference between a torn rotator cuff and a tear in the cartilage holding the rotator cuff? Which is worse?
There is patchy mild cartilage thinning within the lateral compartment. Does this suggest a tear? Please help I am in a lot of pain.
See below: Pain, stiffness, grinding or cracking on motion. ...Read more
Not the best test: Ultrasound is not the best test to evaluate the meniscus and cartilage in the knee. Technically, with the right transducer and a trained operator, ultrasound may be able to see these structures pretty well, but it is likely to miss anything but major abnormalities. Mri is the best test to evaluate the cartilage and menisci. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always helpful: The only reason to "scrape" cartilage would be if your MRI showed a cartilage flap that was displaced and then an arthroscopic surgery can be done using a small suction shaver to trim off the flap and contour the remaining edge smooth. However, if you have full thickness cartilage loss, a micro fracture technique can make little holes in bone to try and stimulate scar cartilage to fill in the area. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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