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Cartilage in my knee is almost gone and now it is painful to walk what are my options?

Cartilage in my knee is almost gone and now it is painful to walk what are my options?

Knee pain: After the cartilage is worn down it is important to get physical therapy to keep the muscles about the knee strong. Arthritis medicines help the inflammation pain, steroid injections help but at some point a total knee replacement will be done. ...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 to regenerate the cartilage in the knees??

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

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What happens if you have no cartilage in your knees?

What happens if you have no cartilage in your knees?

Arthritis.: Cartilage is needed for normal joint motion. Without the cartilage you may develop pain and a limitation of range of motion of the affected joint. ...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 could you know if you have torn the cartilage in your knee?

How could you know if you have torn the cartilage in your knee?

See your doctor: Cartilage tears are diagnosis with a combination of history taking, physical exam, x-rays, and occasionally advanced diagnostics like mri. There is no reliable way of diagnosing knee cartilage injuries or meniscal injuries by looking at it. Untreated cartilage injuries are potentially serious problems best treated early and a visit to your local orthopaedic surgeon would be a wise move. ...Read more

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What can I do to help unlodge a piece of cartilage from my knee?

What can I do to help unlodge a piece of cartilage from my knee?

Tough one: There's really nothing you can do. I imagine you ask this because it keeps catching or clicking or locking up on you. Take less stairs to help reduce those symptoms. Eventually it may degrade enough to stop catching or catch so bad between the joint it tears some. Then once the pain subsides it may be better, but f it gets worse the only way to fix it is an arthroscopic resection of the torn piece. ...Read more

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What types of cartilage injuries could you have happen in your knee?

What types of cartilage injuries could you have happen in your knee?

Cartilage injuries: Damage to the meniscus cartilage and articular cartilage from trauma usually results in tears of the meniscus and defects in the articular cartilage. These can often be repaired or treated successfully especially if diagnosed early with an exam, history, x-ray andmri. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism by which people lose cartilage in their knees?

See details: It is usually lost by normal wear and tear over the years. Certain injuries, congenital problems or inflammatory arthritic conditions can also speed cartilage loss. ...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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Can knee cartilage heal?

Can knee cartilage heal?

No: Once injured, cartilage in a joint cannot typically "heal". The severity of the injury to the cartilage will determine the long term consequences such as arthritis. ...Read more

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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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Why can't new cartilage be injected directly into a knee?

Why can't new cartilage be injected directly into a knee?

Cartilage Conundrum: Cartilage in its many various shapes and forms, is a solid tissue, unlike other body fluids. It therefore cannot be "injected" as one might think. Cells can be injected in the hopes of taking seed and growing but unfortunately this technology does not yet exist. Cartilage patches have been grafted to injured sites in the joint but have high failure rates and must be surgically positioned. ...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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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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What happens to you when you have had all of your knee cartilage removed?

Osteoarthritis: When cartilage is removed you are bone on bone which is painful and will eventually need joint replacement. ...Read more

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How does cartilage in the knee deteriorate if you have not had an 'injury'?

How does cartilage in the knee deteriorate if you have not had an 'injury'?

Cartilage: Common causes include obesity, degenerative joint disease (normal wear and tear), and other forms of arthritis causing degeneration of the cartilage such as rheumatoid arthritis. ...Read more

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Can a broken off piece of cartilage in the knee cause more damage to the knee?

Possible: Depending on the size of the broken cartilage, how was it damaged and to what extent your knee is utilized. An MRI scan would give you the best view of the damage area. Cartilages in your knees provide comfortable cushion and smooth interface for the knee bones to slide on each other during walking or running. A small broken piece may not be noticeable. Talk to a knee surgeon for more info. ...Read more

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How long do you wear a bandage when you have a torn knee ligament or cartilage?

How long do you wear a bandage when you have a torn knee ligament or cartilage?

Varies: This can vary widely because the treatment can vary widely for different conditions and amongst different physicians. There are protective braces that can assist with comfort and rehabilitation for these injuries but their use varies depending on the specific injury. Ask your doctor for more specifics regarding this. ...Read more

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What exercise routine can I do if my knee has little or no remaining cartilage?

Non-loading: At 42 and with a history of arthitis, you want to minimize the load across the knee joint. You want to focus on keeping your quad strong. The best excercises are: swimming, biking, leg press, wall sits, hamstring curls, and possible eliptical. Avoid stair climbers and any type of leg extension. Avoid lunges and plyometric excersices as well. Try taking glucosamine suppliments suchas osteobiflex. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have numbness in your knee? Is it because of cartilage? Please help.

What does it mean to have numbness in your knee? Is it because of cartilage? Please help.

Numbness means nerve: True numbness means there is a nerve problem. For the knee this usually means nerve irritation in low back, but not always.
An altered sensation near the knee could be a symptom of a cartilage problem or other internal derangement in the knee. ...Read more

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What are the best ways to heal and what is the average healing time for damaged cartilage in knee?

What are the best ways to heal and what is the average healing time for damaged cartilage in knee?

See details: I do not know exactly what you mean by damage. Significant tears will not really heal and often require arthroscopic surgery. Some lesser issues will improve with anti-inflammatory meds, injections and physical therapy. You need to see an orthopedist for guidance. ...Read more

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I damaged cartilage in knee. What are the best ways to help it heal and what is the average healing time?

I damaged cartilage in knee. What are the best ways to help it heal and what is the average healing time?

Depends: Cartilage can either be the surface of the bone which doesn't heal wlell or the meniscus that heals well but only at its periphery. Some meniscus tears need surgery if they cause locking or catching in the knee. ...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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My knee is in incredible pain and has been for weeks. Years ago I tore the cartilages in both knees and have little left. How can I get the pain to stop?

Specialist need: There is a procedure called arthroscopy, seeing inside of the joint the same way endoscopy is done to see inside of food pipe, stomach with a lighted tip, inserted through a small incision and interventions are done in the same time or different time if it takes more minute works. You are just 35 years old and may be were a sports person, but if you realize this much damage you have early attention ...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