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Doctor insights on: Can Loss Of Cartlige In The Knees Be Reversed

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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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While training for a marathon on 20 mile run knee pain increased. Diagnosed with runners knee, cartilage loss possibly. Will this ever improve?

While training for a marathon on 20 mile run knee pain increased. Diagnosed with runners knee, cartilage loss possibly. Will this ever improve?

It can improve: Strengthen quadriceps muscles, especially vmo muscle. Cross train with cycling or stationary bike. Depending on your age and xray and MRI findings, sometimes prp injection may play a role. Avoid surgery. Physical therapy an option. Get a good sports medicine doctor. ...Read more

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I have a painful hard bump on my shin below my kneecap. Full focal thickness cartilage loss on kneecap and femur of same knee. 41 YO male. What is it?

I have a painful hard bump on my shin below my kneecap. Full focal thickness cartilage loss on kneecap and femur of same knee. 41 YO male. What is it?

Must be examined: and x-rayed.This may be an osteoma or enchondroma ( benign bone growths) ; however, you must rule out bone infection or possible tumor ( omalignant) formation. Please call for an orthopedic evaluation today. ...Read more

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Knee MR found advanced loss of articular cartilage in medial compartment of tibio-femoral and patella-femoral joint. What are my options?

Knee MR found advanced loss of articular cartilage in medial compartment of tibio-femoral and patella-femoral joint. What are my options?

Depends: Medications / injections or surgery. Depends upon how much pain you have and what your response to prior interventions has been. Generally try the easy things first and advance to surgery when nothing else works. ...Read more

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I am physio andhave bilateral knee pain for 1 yr with effusion,some loss of articular cartilage in 3T MRI. Can rest for few days relieve symptoms and ?

I am physio andhave bilateral knee pain for 1 yr with effusion,some loss of articular cartilage in 3T MRI. Can rest for few days relieve symptoms and ?

Not likely: We got to address the reason for your knee arthritis. Are you overweight? If so, you got to lose weight. In addition, consider the use of cane for long distances. Stationary bike and aquatic exercises might be better way of exercising. Consider use of Tylenol (acetaminophen) and NSAID and glucosamine. Consider knee intrarticular steroid or synvisc shot which could buy you some time. If this fails, do replace ...Read more

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Right knee advanced loss of articular cartilage in medial compartment of tibio femoral and patella femoral joints. What are surgical options?

Right knee advanced loss of articular cartilage in medial compartment of tibio femoral and patella femoral joints. What are surgical options?

Best answered by Ur-: Treating ortho. There R a few options, but one needs 2 C Ur x-rays and do a hands on xam. The options R from a high tibial osteotomy, arthroscopic debredment,or TKA, tho Ur young 4 the TKA? There R also injections like synvisc (hylan g-f 20) or steroids. ...Read more

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Advanced articular cartilage loss in medial compartment of tibio-femoral and patella-femoral joints. Would partial (unicondylar) knee replacement work?

Advanced articular cartilage loss in medial compartment of tibio-femoral and patella-femoral joints. Would partial (unicondylar) knee replacement work?

Maybe: This decision is best made by your own orthopedist who has direct access to your x rays. A second opinion never hurts. In someone so young, if you can get away with something short of a total joint replacement, it is always preferable to do so. ...Read more

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Knee has no cartilage what exercise can I do?

Knee has no cartilage what exercise can I do?

Low impact: Aquatics, body weight, or resistance bands/ tubing biking, and/or elliptical. Aquatics allow you to perform body weight exercises, but being in water actually reduces the stress on your body due to buoyancy. Once you are able to perform body weight activities then look to add light resistance w/ bands/ tubing. ...Read more

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How to regenerate the cartilage in the knees??

Knee: Knee cartilage can not be replaced back to normal. There have been a number of approaches (like micro-fracture surgery plus/minus autologous matrix-induced chondrogenesis) in an attempt to get the body to regenerate cartilage. Lets just say the techniques are less than perfect but may help some. ...Read more