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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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What is the function of shark cartilage?

What is the function of shark cartilage?

None: Sharks don't get cancer so various sources sold shark cartilage in a pill. How this was to treat cancer or prevent it has no merit or obvious reasoning. ...Read more

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Are degenerative cartilage and chrondromalicia the same condition?

Yes: "chondro" = cartilage and "malacia" = bad. Thus "chondromalacia" = bad cartilage. This is a term used to describe damaged or degenerated cartilage. Although some causes of chondromalacia may not be degenerative in nature, typically these two terms are used interchangeably. ...Read more