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Doctor insights on: Cartilage Softening

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Can softening of cartilage be reversed?

Can softening of cartilage be reversed?

Cartilage Healing: The articular cartilage has a blunted ability to heal. Softening of the cartilage is the first phase of cartilage deterioration. Clinically, there is no proven means to reverse the softening. However, there are theoretical possibilities to stimulate cartilage healing, e.g., electromagnetic, such as the ceruleau probe and bionicare knee system--i am not endorsing either product. ...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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Hi, I was wondering, how do you soften cartilage in an ear? And what tools are needed to do so?

Hi, I was wondering, how do you soften cartilage in an ear? And what tools are needed to do so?

Ans: Do you mean the ear wax? The wax can be softened with over the counter debrox. This is one way. You put the drops into the ear. Then you can flush merely by using shower water. This works very well and does clear the plugged ear nicely ...Read more

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What are the benefits of taking shark cartilages?

What are the benefits of taking shark cartilages?

Controversy - toxins: Shark fin soup, made from the cartilaginous pectoral & dorsal fins of shark, has been in use since at least the ming dynasty in china. It is used medicinally in china to lower cholesterol & to combat cancer & heart disease but it's benefits are controversial. There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. ...Read more

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Can cartilage be rebuilt if injured?

Can cartilage be rebuilt if injured?

Cartilage : Certain cartilage injuries can be rebuilt with cartilage transplants or a microfracture technique. ...Read more

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Can a shoulder stop producing cartilage?

Can a shoulder stop producing cartilage?

Cartilage repair: Yes. In arthritis the cartilage is often worn away and not replaced. Nutrition for the cartilage includes glucosamine and ha injections. Surgery can repair and sometimes generate regrowth of some cartilage repair tissue. ...Read more

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Does consuming shark cartilage stunt growth?

Does consuming shark cartilage stunt growth?

No, it doesn't stunt: Growth. Shark fin soup, made from the cartilaginous pectoral & dorsal fins of shark, has been in use since at least the ming dynasty in china. It is used medicinally in china to v cholesterol & combat cancer & heart disease but it's benefits are controversial. There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. ...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 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 cartilage in the walls of your trachea?

Is there cartilage in the walls of your trachea?

Yes: The anterior (front) wall and side walls of your trachea and supported by rings made of cartilage. ...Read more

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Does shark cartilage contain a lot of cholesterol?

Shouldn't?: Typically, none at all; unless the formulation contains some which would make no sense to me. ...Read more

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What to do if I got my cartilage pierced with a gun?

Piercing gun: Has more risk for infection/ tissue injury as compared to sterile needle technique. ...Read more

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What would happen if I took out my cartilage piercing?

Nasal or ear?: Has it been in long enough to heal? Any signs of infection or other problems? ...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 an 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 type of food must I eat to increase cartilage level?

What type of food must I eat to increase cartilage level?

Several: Help the joints. Squash, dark green leafy vegetables, citrus fruits, olive oil and turkey to name a few ...Read more

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What is the purpose of the cartilage rings of the trachea?

What is the purpose of the cartilage rings of the trachea?

Support: The cartilage rings (which aren't really rings because they don't go all the way around) give support to the trachea so it doesn't collapse during respiration and give some protection as well. ...Read more

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I have a lumpy feeling costal, cartilage on my right side?

I have a lumpy feeling costal, cartilage on my right side?

1 or more?: If just 1 area or more? If 1 it can b from an old injury developing arthritic changes. More evident if u r thin. If many & no injury may be a more generalized arthritic. The ccjct is actually a joint & a systemic process like RA could affect these joints as wellas others. If it is just there no pain or problem forget about it. Seek eval if symptomatic or 4 peace of mind. ...Read more

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Please tell me if there are any risks of cartilage piercing?

Yes, yes,yes: High ear piercings through cartilage have ^ risk of infection & lack of healing because of minimal blood supply to auricular cartilage. You can develop a perichondral abscess as well auricular perichondritis. If you ear is hot, red, swollen or has increasing pain you need medical evaluation. Nasal Septal Piercing
can cause heavy bleeding w formation of a septal hematoma. Significant deformity > ...Read more

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Can your meniscal cartilage heal on its own with enough time?

Can your meniscal cartilage heal on its own with enough time?

No: Meniscal tears usually do not heal because the blood supply is poor. Only peripheral tears which tend to be unstable have a potential for healing because these tears occur in a zone with good blood supply. However, because these tend to be unstable, patients have surgery because of significant knee symptoms. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some suggestions from cartilage piercing pain?

Can you tell me some suggestions from cartilage piercing pain?

Frankly -would avoid: Getting cartilage pierced. High ear piercings through cartilage have ^ risk of infection & lack of healing because of minimal blood supply to auricular cartilage. You can develop a perichondral abscess as well auricular perichondritis. Is it worth the risk? ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I had a cartilage piercing a week ago.?

Ear ?: New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist jewelry / post. Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water), place on piercing & allow it to gently drip into the piercing. ...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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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

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What is a good way to check if I have damaged shoulder cartilage?

What is a good way to check if I have damaged shoulder cartilage?

MRI or CT Arthrogram: Advanced arthritis can show up on a standard x-ray but some people have subtle cartilage damage that may not be easily appreciated on a standard x-ray.

An MRI or ct arthrogram would show damaged shoulder cartilage, but whether you need use one of these studies should be decided by a doctor talking to you about your symptoms, examining your shoulder and seeing if cartilage may be the reason for pain. ...Read more