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Doctor insights on: Can Getting Cartilage Tears Be A Hereditary Problem

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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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What is a good way to get exercise after tearing your knee cartilage?

What is a good way to get exercise after tearing your knee cartilage?

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 more

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Can a piece of cartilage get stuck under the kneecap? What are the symptoms of having a ACL problem? Please help

Can a piece of cartilage get stuck under the kneecap? What are the symptoms of having a ACL problem?
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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 more

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Is there anything I can do about cartilage problems?

Is there anything I can do about cartilage problems?

Repair: Depends on which type and what joint. Meniscus cartilages can be repaired or replaced, articular cartilage can be grafted with a paste graft technique if worn down to bone or smoothed surgically. ...Read more

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Which type of procedures do they do on cartilage tears?

Which type of procedures do they do on cartilage tears?

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

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What is treatment for full thickness cartilage tear in knee?

What is treatment for full thickness cartilage tear in knee?

Physical therapy: First line treatment is conservative - physical therapy and anti-inflammatory meds. Sometimes a brace will help. Steroid injections into the knee also can help. Lastly, arthroscopic surgery is indicated if conservative treatment has failed. ...Read more

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

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

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 more

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

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

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 more

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What is the difference between a torn rotator cuff and a tear in the cartilage holding the rotator cuff? Which is worse?

What is the difference between a torn rotator cuff and a tear in the cartilage holding the rotator cuff? Which is worse?

Let e explain: The difference is the location both are located in different part of the shoulder join, the tear of the cartilage holding the rotator cuff is harder to diagnose and harder to treat. Please the image. ...Read more

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There is patchy mild cartilage thinning within the lateral compartment.does this suggest a tear? Please help I am in a lot of pain.

There is patchy mild cartilage thinning within the lateral compartment.does this suggest a tear? Please help I am in a lot of pain.

Difficult to assess: based on limited info. I assume you are referring to the knee. That said, the description would suggest mild early degenerative arthritis rather than a meniscal tear. ...Read more

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Does a tear in the knee cartilage always need to be fixed surgically?

Does a tear in the knee cartilage always need to be fixed surgically?

Commonly- not always: Symptomatic cartilage lesions within the knee that cause pain, swelling, loss of motion, weakness, or locking do eventually require surgery. Cartilage tears that are not symptomatic do not require surgical intervention. ...Read more

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How to differentiate hip dislocation, tendonitis or some cartilage problem?

How to differentiate hip dislocation, tendonitis or some cartilage problem?

Orthopaedic consult: If you are experiencing hip pain, the best place to seek evaluation would be with an orthopaedic surgeon. Xrays and a thorough examination will usually be able to identify the cause of the pain. Appropriate treatment can then be recommended. ...Read more

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Does a ultrasound of your knee show cartilage and meniscus tear?

Does a ultrasound of your knee show cartilage and meniscus tear?

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 more

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Which type of problems can arise from having a cartilage scrape knee surgery?

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 more

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Does having raynaud syndrome mean a greater chance of tearing ligaments and cartilage in my knee?

Does having raynaud syndrome mean a greater chance of tearing ligaments and cartilage in my knee?

Maybe: If the raynaud's syndrome is secondary to an underlying autoimmune disease such as lupus or scleroderma your ligaments and cartilage are at some increased risk of injury. If the raynaud's is primary, there is no increased risk of joint injury. ...Read more

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