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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 effect 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

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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Done the Pullovers exercise for 3 months and gained 3 inches to my ribcage. Is this gain from the costal cartilage permanent? (If I stop the routine)

Done the Pullovers exercise for 3 months and gained 3 inches to my ribcage.

Is this gain from the costal cartilage permanent? (If I stop the routine)

It's due 2 muscle, : & once you quit you will loose muscle mass & revert to the way you were before. Pullovers or skull crushers add bulk 2 triceps & pec major & trapezius. That's what gains chest girth. ...Read more

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The area around my r 6&7 rib - the costal cartilage feels like friction or something crackling there, is it "normal "?

The area around my r 6&7 rib - the costal cartilage feels like friction or something crackling there, is it "normal "?

No It is not: Costochondritis is the most common cause of chest pain originating in the chest wall. Symptoms include: pain and tenderness in the locations where your ribs attach to your breastbone .Often sharp pain, though also dull and gnawing pain location often on left side of breastbone, but possible on either side of chest , pain when taking deep breaths, pain when coughing, difficulty breathing. ...Read more

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I am 22 yr. male, I am experiencing a squeezing and crushing sensation in my upper left chest ( around 2nd costal cartilage) when eating food. ?

I am 22 yr. male, I am experiencing a squeezing and  crushing sensation in my upper left chest ( around 2nd costal cartilage) when eating food. ?

FirstCheckYourDiet: If you were older I'd suggest you go get yourself checked ASAP because those kinds of discomforts could be due to a heart problem. Much less likely at your age but not impossible. Because it's when you are eating (or after?) I'd first try and see if it is something specific I'm eating that is the cause, The acid from your stomach could be coming back up. So if this persists, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Does costal cartilage contain calcium like bones?

Does costal cartilage contain calcium like bones?

No: cartilage is cartilage and bone is bone. In children the costal cartilage will eventually ossify to bone usually by late teens or early adulthood. ...Read more

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Can lengthened costal cartilage (rib-cage cartilage) due to mechanical stress decrease in length after the stress is removed? Do rib cartilages shrink

Can lengthened costal cartilage (rib-cage cartilage) due to mechanical stress decrease in length after the stress is removed?
Do rib cartilages shrink

Potentially: The property of a material to stretch in respons to a stress and then contract back to its original length is know as elasticity. To some extent, the cartilage portion of the ribs do have this property. ...Read more

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I can pop my costal cartilage out by either using my hands to pop it out or by putting pressure on it. It doesn't hurt. Is there a name for this?

I can pop my costal cartilage out by either using my hands to pop it out or by putting pressure on it. It doesn't hurt. Is there a name for this?

Yes: its called "popping your costal cartilage out". Probably a bad idea to do it often, as over time you can damage the supporting soft tissue and cause them to get lax and weak. Might be better off finding something more productive to keep you amused. ;-) ...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 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

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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