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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

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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55 year-old woman had bilateral hip replacements, and had bilateral knee releases over 3 years ago, but had trouble recovering from knee surgery.....?

55 year-old woman had bilateral hip replacements, and had bilateral knee releases over 3 years ago, but had trouble recovering from knee surgery.....?

Bilateral knee pain: Assuming you underwent arthroscopic lateral retinacular releases to attempt to realign the tilt of your patella , and the fact that u still have significant knee pain ,indicates that your problem has not been helped by the releases. Infortunately that sometimes occurrs when the amount of damage to the underside of the knee cap is substantial. Things u can do , increase quad strength by walking in a heated pool waist high, daily for 15-20 min. Lose 20 lbs . Take glucosamine and fish oil. May also use alleve 2 tabs twice a day for 4 weeks. Avoid bending of your knee as much as u can , avoid or limit stairs ,hills ,. The releases. ...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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