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Could cartilage damage in my knee stop me from horse riding?

Could cartilage damage in my knee stop me from horse riding?

Maybe: You can probably continue recreational riding, however, sport riding (barrel, roping, racing, etc.) requires control with the knees, which may irritate the damaged cartillage and cause pain, which could result in loss of control. Once the cartillage is repaired or cleaned, your chances of returning to sport riding is much higher. ...Read more

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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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Could steroids help me recover from knee cartilage damage & removal?

Could steroids help me recover from knee cartilage damage & removal?

Yes, but...: Steroids decrease inflammation and therefore help to decrease pain associated with injury or surgery. While a steroid injection or oral steroids may help decrease symptoms, they will not restore cartilage or reverse/prevent arthritis. Nonetheless, they can be helpful if used judiciously to "jumpstart" your recovery. ...Read more

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How do you take car of cartilage damage in the knee pain.

How do you take car of cartilage damage in the knee pain.

Depends: Two kinds of "cartilage" in knee..Surface cartilage which is white shiny cover on bones and meniscal which is the "shock absorber" between bones on each side. Exam history and MRI help diagnose. Surgery to remove or repair meniscal tears. Articular cartilage may need surgery to smooth or resurface it. It does not "heal". Meniscal surgery can be very simple, articular damage can be very tricky. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference: ACL or cartilage damage in knee?

How can you tell the difference: ACL or cartilage damage in knee?

Mri: The type of knee injury can be determined usually with a history and physical exam. An MRI will allow a clear visualization of the internal structures of hte joint and will help confirm the exact patholgy. ...Read more

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Please describe a good exercise routine for people with knee cartilage damage?

Please describe a good exercise routine for people with knee cartilage damage?

Low impact: Swimming or water based exercise are best. Stationary bike and elliptical are also good choices. Avoid high impact activity such as running and jumping. ...Read more

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Is knee cartilage damage painful? My knee has been feeling discomfort for 2 weeks, but it goes away when I forget about it. No pain, I can walk.

Is knee cartilage damage painful? My knee has been feeling discomfort for 2 weeks, but it goes away when I forget about it. No pain, I can walk.

Depends: Knee cartilage damage can indeed be painful but this depends of the severity of the damage and your overall health and the time since the damage occurred. If you aren't having any significant pain then it's likely nothing to worry about, but do see a physician if symptoms worsen or persist. ...Read more

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I'm a first time traumatic patellar dislocator with severe cartilage damage under the patellar. Am i eligible for partial knee replacement at 21?

I'm a first time traumatic patellar dislocator with severe cartilage damage under the patellar. Am i eligible for partial knee replacement at 21?

I do not believe so: I do not believe you are a candidate for the following reasons. 1- age, very young. 2-i do not know how sever those changes are, usually when you have dislocation of the patella you have small piece of the articular cartilage come out. Did you have arthroscopy to see the damages? Let me know? ...Read more

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Have knee cartilage damage. One doc wants to do microfracture but another says oats--allograft kind. How do I decide?

Have  knee cartilage damage. One doc wants to do microfracture but another says oats--allograft kind. How do I decide?

Microfracture: Microfracture is appropriate for any defect less than 1 cm. Oats allograft is appropriate for any defects greater than two and 1/2 cm. Autograft oats is usually appropriate in between these sizes. Try discussing your options with your surgeon. Best of luck! ...Read more

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In my partial meniscectomy they found "1/2 CM area of superficial articular cartilage damage" what does this mean for my knee in activities + health?

In my partial meniscectomy they found "1/2 CM area of superficial articular cartilage damage" what does this mean for my knee in activities + health?

Early Arthritis: At the young age of 20, this indicates very early and focal arthritis. The location of the defect (weight bearing or not) is also very important. I would limit load bearing excercises such as jogging. Bike, swim, and do eliptical instead. Supplements such as glucosamine and chondrotin sulfate may help, as well as a visco-elastic injection for cartilage nutrition. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with torn cartilage torn ligament and a syst in my knee what is the treatment?

Knee: Evaluation and treatment by competent surgereon. Sometimes bracing and physical therapy is first step. Also we talking meniscus? Which ligaments? Anterior cruciate worst( sports). There is medial, lateral and posterior ligaments. These plus muscles hold knee together. Meniscus is your cushion. But if torn, not all cases need surgery. Who made this diagnosis. See orthopedic surgeon for answers. ...Read more

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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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My doctor has prescribed shark cartilage to empower my knees but I am jaundiced now should I stop taking this dietary supplement till recovery?

YES: alternative therapies carry risk of side effects just like prescription medications. You should stop and consult your prescribing physician immediately. Blood tests can help determine if there is any liver or blood damage causing your jaundiced appearance. ...Read more

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Could Accutane cause the deterioration of knee cartilage?

Could Accutane cause the deterioration of knee cartilage?

Nolt likely: By cartilage degeneration, I am assume you mean meniscus degeneration. This is not list as an adverse event. Also on nlm search there were no articles that reported any meniscus problem associated with Accutane use. Joint pain and musculoskeletal symptoms are not uncommon. If you mean arthritis, it has been reported as an associated adverse event and is mentioned in the package insert. ...Read more

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How long could it take to heal from surgery for torn cartilage in knee?

How long could it take to heal from surgery for torn cartilage in knee?

Few weeks...: Depending upon the severity of the tear; and the course of physical threapy prescribed probably 4-6 weeks conservatively. ...Read more

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If I may have a possible cartilage injury in my knee.. Is there any at-home treatments that could help?

If I may have a possible cartilage injury in my knee.. Is there any at-home treatments that could help?

Quadriceps exercise: You need to be evaluated by you physician and maybe see a pediatric orthopedic specialist. The quadriceps mucle are in the thigh and are important for knee strength. You need to keep these in shape. You can do these sittiing up witha 5# weight and keeping the knee straight and raise you leg 6" off the ground and tighten the thigh muscles. You can google these also. ...Read more