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Can you use stem cells to repair knee cartilage?

Can you use stem cells to repair knee cartilage?

It's Possible: Check out Regenexx.Com. The have the single largest registry in the country of patients with degenerative joint disease that have used their stem cell procedures with good outcomes. Obviously not everyone gets better, but a majority have found the ability to forego knee surgery. ...Read more

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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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I have no meniscus and no cartilage in my left knee. Will stem cell therapy help me?

I have no meniscus and no cartilage in my left knee. Will stem cell therapy help me?

It's Possible: Check out Regenexx.Com. The have the single largest registry in the country of patients with degenerative joint disease that have used their stem cell procedures with good outcomes. Obviously not everyone gets better, but a majority have found the ability to forego knee surgery. ...Read more

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Which foods help with repairs of knee cartilage?

Which foods help with repairs of knee cartilage?

None: Cartilage, by definition, does not have a good blood supply. If something does not have a good blood supply, it does not heal well (or repair itself). That means that you can eat anything you want, it will not help cartilage heal....Because it can't. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent knee cartilage wearing away?

See details: Do you have a problem already? If there is no issue then i would not worry. If you already have a knee problem then avoid stress to the knee such as running and opt for non weight bearing exercises. There are 2 europeon studies that suggest glucosamine may help reduce the risk of progressive osteoarthritic damage in knees. ...Read more

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What are treatment options for knee cartilage wear?

What are treatment options for knee cartilage wear?

Multiple: There are many options, including arthroscopic drilling; cartilage harvesting, groth, and then implantation; visco supplementation; braces and osteo roomies to " offload" the area, joint resurfacing, etc. Don't hesitate to see an orthopedic surgeon to discuss which option would be best for you. ...Read more

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Can the knee cartilage ulcer be cured?

Can the knee cartilage ulcer be cured?

Yes sometimes: A discrete cartilage lesion can be filled in several ways. A osteochondral graft plug from your own knee, a juvenile cartilage transplant can be performed or a paste graft can be performed. ...Read more

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Is knee rehab enough without knee surgery for bad knee cartilage?

Is knee rehab enough without knee surgery for bad knee cartilage?

Depends: It depends on whether you are referring to articular or meniscal cartilage (there are two types within the knee). Many factors influence a recommendation on this question. Your age and degree of arthritis would need to be considered. ...Read more

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Could steroids help me recover from knee cartilage damage & removal?

Could steroids help me recover from knee cartilage damage & removal?

Yes, but...: Steroids decrease inflammation and therefore help to decrease pain associated with injury or surgery. While a steroid injection or oral steroids may help decrease symptoms, they will not restore cartilage or reverse/prevent arthritis. Nonetheless, they can be helpful if used judiciously to "jumpstart" your recovery. ...Read more

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What are the causes of knee cartilage ulcer, if I do not treat this problem what will happen to my knee in the future? Manu thanks

What are the causes of knee cartilage ulcer, if I do not treat this problem what will happen to my knee in the future? Manu thanks

Clinical data important: We would need more to go on this. An ulcer could be due to injury or degenerative arthritis or even postinflammatory. How is this diagnosed? Who told you there was an ulcer? What kind of testing did you have and why? The answer will depend on what your clinical data is. ...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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Does knee clicking indicate a lack of knee cartilage?

Does knee clicking indicate a lack of knee cartilage?

No: Knee clicking or "crepitus" can be caused by a torn cartilage, ganglion cyst, patella chondromalacia, synovitis, swelling (also known as an "effusionn"), or knee laxity. Some normal knees click. Clicking is a nonspecific finding that can be associated with both normal and abnormal knees. ...Read more

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Does the knee cartilage show up in a x-ray?

Does the knee cartilage show up in a x-ray?

No: The x-ray only shows the bone but they can give you information about how much surface cartilage is present by looking at the space between the bones. To see cartilage in more detail, an MRI is needed. The meniscus cartilage on the other hand can only be seen on mri. ...Read more

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How long should it take to heal from surgery for torn knee cartilage?

How long should it take to heal from surgery for torn knee cartilage?

Usually several wks: Simply debriding torn/injured tissue admitedly allows for more rapid rehabiltation and recovery (1-6 wks). The analogy is one's reaction to a deep splinter removal: once the offending agent is removed, the root of acute pain is gone, and only minimal healing from the injury to the surrounding tissue remains. Repair/replaceme of cartilage can entail a prolonged (months) course of recovery, however. ...Read more

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Stem Cell (Definition)

The capacity to "grow up" or differentiate to produce mature cellular elements. In blood production rbc, WBC and platelets. Fundamentally, stem cells can also self-replicate and thus provide a pool of ...Read more