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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