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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? 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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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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How could a person be diagnosed with a knee cartilage problem?

How could a person be diagnosed with a knee cartilage problem?

Hx physical mri: Pcp should be comfortable with this work up amd dx. ...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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Is a displaced meniscus root a tear of the cartilage in the knee?

Is a displaced meniscus root a tear of the cartilage in the knee?

Yes: The meniscus is made of cartilage and any meniscal tear involves a tear of this cartilage. ...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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Can chronic dehydration have something to do with cartilage damage, specifically triangular fibrocomplex cartilage? Tfcc degenerative tear.

Possibly: Chronic dehydration can affect cartilage, but it would have to be moderately severe, and for a few months. That could result in a tear. ...Read more

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Is artificial cartilage going to be an option for patellofemoral syndrome & otherjoint problems soon? I am in pt for my grinding knees but am curious

Is artificial cartilage going to be an option for patellofemoral syndrome & otherjoint problems soon? I am in pt for my grinding knees but am curious

Cartilage transplant: Has been studies to a small degree. Most of the procedures end up developing fibrocartilage as opposed to hyaline cartilage which is a better tissue type. There may be some promise with stem cell studies, but there are risks associated with this as well. Maybe another physician on the site is performing research that has more information. ...Read more

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I have complex lateral meniscal tear w/ the lateral flap involving the anterior horn and body. Full thickness cartilage injuries to wt bearing surface?

I have complex lateral meniscal tear w/ the lateral flap involving the anterior horn and body. Full thickness cartilage injuries to wt bearing surface?

Arthritis: Lateral meniscal tears are always a concern, but even more worrisome when arthritis is present. The tear could be incidental. Assess the joint space with standing straight, flexed views and assess alignment. Be very cautious when discussing the source of your pain and optimal treatment. ...Read more

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Is there a test to confirm rib cartilage tear? My wife has been in constant pain for two years, reaching for a box while on a ladder, she felt a pop

Is there a test to confirm rib cartilage tear? My wife has been in constant pain for two years, reaching for a box while on a ladder, she felt a pop

No: While there is no specific test for intercostal (rib) muscle tear, the specific area of pain can be targeted with intercostal nerve block. This pain is sharp and stabbing, and may radiate from the back to the front of the chest wall. In addition, a good manual therapist should evaluate rib motion. Your wife may have a rib motion dysfunction, which can occur on inhalation or exhalation. ...Read more

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What can I do to help a cartilage problem with my knee had physio but still in pain dose walking and standing a lot make it worse? What else is ther

Depends on problem: There are many different types of cartilage problems, including focal cartilage injuries and more extensive cartilage degeneration as seen in osteoarthritis. There can be partial or full thickness defects. The best trestment depends on the type of cartilage injury. A precise diagnosis by your by your sports med doc with the help of xray, MRI or arthroscopy can determine the best treatment. ...Read more

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Cracking sound comes from both knees when I unfold them, because of this I can't run, I think it is a problem of the cartilage, how can this be cured?

Cracking sound comes from both knees when I unfold them, because of this I can't run, I think it is a problem of the cartilage, how can this be cured?

Exercise +/- meds: If you have pain running, it would probably be a wise precaution to change to lower impact exercise such as walking or swimming. Exercises that strengthen your leg muscles will help to minimize arthritis pain. Acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory medications can also help, but you should check with your doctor before starting medication. ...Read more