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Cartilage In Knee Gone
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
None at all: If there is no pain involved, joint cracking is not harmful. ...Read more
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
Hx physical mri: Pcp should be comfortable with this work up amd dx. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
What are the best ways to heal and what is the average healing time for damaged cartilage in knee?
I damaged cartilage in knee. What are the best ways to help it heal and what is the average healing time?
I have a torn mpfl and missing some cartilage. If I get surgery to fix my mpfl will my knee stay stable? Because now it isn't so stable
Yes: Reconstruction of this ligament is vital for stability. ...Read more
Can walking for 2 hours a day cause problem in the cartilage of my knees. Please explain to me. Also I am taking glucosamine 1000mg daily.?
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
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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