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How did our ancestors on the prairie treat cartilage disorders?

How did our ancestors on the prairie treat cartilage disorders?

I think they: They work hard, eat right, do not have many sport inyurjies. ...Read more

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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How will I know if I have cartilage disorders?

How will I know if I have cartilage disorders?

Very simple: Check with your doctor, if he believe you have problem, he will reffer you to orthopedic surgeon, how could help you.Good luck. Thanks. ...Read more

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Is there one best test to diagnose cartilage disorders?

Is there one best test to diagnose cartilage disorders?

Depends: If you are talking about a localized cartilage problem such as in a knee or shoulder...Or a inherited condition or developmental condition which affects cartolilage throughout our body. Xrays can give you a good sense of the overall condition of the joint surfaces. However, a focal cartilage injury is best picked up with a mri. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cartilage disorders?

What is the definition or description of: Cartilage disorders?

See below: Cartilage is a soft tissue that surrounds the ends of some bones and forms both sides of a joint. When it is healthy, cartilage surfaces glide smoothly over each other. When it is not, a scrubbing sometimes painful motion can occur. Cartilage disorders can be arthritic, posttraumatic, or inflammatory among other causes. ...Read more

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Are there official recommendations for treating cartilage disorders?

Are there official recommendations for treating cartilage disorders?

Let me try to help: There are of advances in treating cartilage disorders, some already been used (medications, special exercise, agua ) cartilage grafts , from the person himself or from donors. Check out your condition and seek consultation to have your problem addressed. Good luck, thanks. ...Read more

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Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how cartilage disorders will affect my child's overall health.?

Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how cartilage disorders will affect my child's overall health.?

Llet me help: Injured, inflamed or damaged cartilage can cause symptoms such as pain and limited movement. It can also lead to joint damage and deformity. Causes of cartilage problems include tears and injuries, such as sports injuries, genetic factors other disorders, such as some types of arthritis.So you see some stuff you help with and some you have no control at. ...Read more

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Is there anyway to strengthen the weak cartilage from costochondritis so it doesn't hurt as bad when I'm working out?

Is there anyway to strengthen the weak cartilage from costochondritis so it doesn't hurt as bad when I'm working out?

PRP: You are rather young to have this condition. It is usually post vital and resolves with a course of prednisone or sometimes colchicine. If it has been present for a long time you need evaluation for autoimmune disease and a full blood wok up. PRP= Platelet Rich Plasma. A doctor draws your blood and injects platelets back in to the inflamed areas. This helps heal up the inflammation . ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a cartilage disorder?

What sort of disease is a cartilage disorder?

Joints...: Cartilage is the smooth substance lining most joints. Some disorders are hereditary, involving production and structure of the cartilage. Much more common are problems like osteoarthritis - a degeneration of the cartilage due to wear and tear, obesity, etc. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease and also can affect cartilage. ...Read more

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How do costochondritis and Crohn's disease differ?

How do costochondritis and Crohn's disease differ?

See below: Those are complete different and wholly unrelated conditions. It's like apples to broccoli. Costochondritis is inflammation of the cartilage between your ribs & breastbone & possibly of the ribs too. It's basically bruising. Crohns disease is an inflammatory disease that causes irritation, malabsorption, & diarrhea of the intestines (and possibly the stomach and esophagus) plus other issues. ...Read more

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How are costochondritis and Crohn's disease different?

How are costochondritis and Crohn's disease different?

Inflammationlocation: Costochondiritis is inflammation of the cartilage between your ribs and sternum (bone in the middle of your chest) and crohn's disease is inflammation of your large intestine. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is costochondritis?

What sort of disease is costochondritis?

Painful inflammation: Of the rib cartilage from seat belt any trauma that flexes the rib cage. ...Read more

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Right sided costochondritis pain can mimic what other disease ?

Right sided costochondritis pain can mimic what other disease ?

Several things: Right sided chest pain can be caused by pneumonia, bronchitis, pleurisy or sprain/strain of the right pectoral muscles. Shingles can also cause right sided chest pain but there is usually a rash. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for costochondritis if I cannot take anti-inflammatory medications due to chronic kidney disease?

What is the best treatment for costochondritis if I cannot take anti-inflammatory medications due to chronic kidney disease?

Topical Ice: Initially topical ice is probably the best choice. If after a few days this is not resolving, a doctor with the appropriate training could consider doing a steroid injection in the affected cartilage. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with costochondritis.Blood, ekg,xray were normal.Could I have been misdiagnosed and have Coronary artery disease? Am 20 y/o healthy

Really, really not: You're making costochondritis sound like a big deal. Perhaps it wasn't explained to you that it isn't. Few people don't get shooting pains in their chests at some time. To doctors costochondritis is like the common cold: Can't be avoided, predicted, or prevented & it's benign. Costochondritis is a fancy word for "nothing's wrong with you." My advice: Find something else ro worry about. ...Read more

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What can be done about costochondritis?

See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing your doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, your doctor should be able to tell you what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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How can I cure or treat costochondritis?

Pain meds, Steroids: Unless there is an infectious component to your condition, the main first-line treatment is taking NSAID medications, such as ibuprofen. If this does not work after 3-4 weeks, occasionally a steroid injection can help. In some patients with underlying GI problems, certain medications called ppis (such as prilosec) can also be effective. The condition typically lasts from a few weeks to a year. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of costochondritis?

Pain at sternum-rib: Costochondritis is inflammation at the joint where the rib joins the breastbone. Indocin (indomethacin) (an anti-inflammatory) seems to work well ...Read more

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Who is typically affected by costochondritis?

Women, more than 40: Women and people over age 40 are most commonly diagnosed with costochondritis. You may also be at a higher risk for this condition if you: - participate in high-impact activities - perform manual labor - have allergies and are frequently exposed to irritants Your risk increases if you have any of the following conditions: - rheumatoid arthritis, - ankylosing spondylitis - Reiter’s syndrome ...Read more

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Dr. James Kercher
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Cartilage Disorders (Definition)

Cartilage is a soft tissue that surrounds the ends of some bones and forms both sides of a joint. When it is healthy, cartilage surfaces glide smoothly over each other. When it is not, a scrubbing sometimes painful motion can occur. Cartilage disorders can be arthritic, posttraumatic, or ...Read more


Dr. Christopher Piller
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Costochondritis (Definition)

A medical term to describe an inflammatory condition that occurs in the junction of the cartilage and the bone portions of a long bone. It is most commonly used to describe these changes in the ribs, which is a cause of ...Read more