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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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At what age would you expect the thyroid cartilage to fully ossify? Is it abnormal for this to have occurred by the age 44?

At what age would you expect the thyroid cartilage to fully ossify? Is it abnormal for this to have occurred by the age 44?

Thyroid cartilage: It does not usually ossify. It should not cause you any problem if your basic blood tests are normal. On another note, there are many treatments for depression, you should consider taking something for your hopelessness, as I feel you should not be hopeless ever. Dr m. ...Read more

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Thyroid cartilage increase?

Thyroid cartilage increase?

Likely normal: Since you are a 15 year male the enlargement in the thyroid cartilage (adam's apple) is likely a normal part of puberty. Suggest you see your family doctor to be sure it is the cartilage and not the thyroid gland. ...Read more

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I dislocated my patella twice in 4 months. Do I need surgery or is rehab an option again? I also might have chipped a piece of cartilage.

I dislocated my patella twice in 4 months. Do I need surgery or is rehab an option again? I also might have chipped a piece of cartilage.

Rehab before surgery: You're describing a recurrent patella dislocation syndrome. Rehabilitation is always preferred prior to surgery. In the meantime, use of a knee sleeve with a lateral buttress might discourage the knee from dislocating during sport play. Surgery does not always solve the problem. Seek out a competent Orthopedic specialist for advice and persistent problems. ...Read more

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Is it reasonable that a child dislocate both kneecaps and doesn't realized until knee pain as a teen and MRI shows scarred cartilage?

Is it reasonable that a child dislocate both kneecaps and doesn't realized until knee pain as a teen and MRI shows scarred cartilage?

Chondromalacia: Chondromalacia patellae is early arthritis of the kneecap cartilage. It can be caused by an episode of trauma such as a dislocation, but it can also be caused by a slightly off-track kneecap called patelofemoral syndrome. The off track joint can cause premature wearing on the cartilage like a sliding door that goes off its track. It might not be painful for years after the injury. ...Read more

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Ear cartilage dislocate? I get terrible pain outside ear. Very painful to touch and move jaw. If I pull my earlobe a bit it will pop and pain stops.

Ear cartilage dislocate? I get terrible pain outside ear. Very painful to touch and move jaw. If I pull my earlobe a bit it will pop and pain stops.

Ear pain: If you have had some sort of trauma or surgery it may be possible for the cartilage to click or pop. However it sounds more likely that you are have issues with your TMJ or hinge joint of your jaw. That is located in that area. You can place your finger in front of your ear, and feel the joint when you open and close your mouth. It can be very painful. Certainly have your doctor check. ...Read more

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I dislocated my kneecap, torn mpfl, strained mcl, bone bruises and cartilage damage. I've gone to pt 3x/week for 3 months. Is surgery a good option?

I dislocated my kneecap, torn mpfl, strained mcl, bone bruises and cartilage damage. I've gone to pt 3x/week for 3 months. Is surgery a good option?

Probably yes if you-: Still having problems like recurrent k.Cap dislocation or subluxations. The bruises, mcl strains should be better by now.
The best person to advise would be your orthopod who is treating you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dislocated shoulder, compressed disks in neck and nerve damage, what to do?

Dislocated shoulder, compressed disks in neck and nerve damage, what to do?

See an orthopedist: See an orthopedist, have the issues evaluated and learn your treatment options. ...Read more

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I have dislocated shoulder, compressed disks in neck and nerve damage. Will I ever recover?

See details: Why not ask your orthopedist. If you have not seen one, do so. One needs much more specific data to answer this question. ...Read more

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Had my neck, back adjusted and a dislocated rib popped back in. Came home and started feeling very warm and feverish. Is this normal?

Had my neck, back adjusted and a dislocated rib popped back in. Came home and started feeling very warm and feverish. Is this normal?

Fever: Is usually not normal. Whether is related to the adjusted and the dislocated may be hard to tell. Let the person that adjusted your neck know your symptoms ...Read more

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Aching neck (not stiff) In some mornings, Not all. Lasts an entire day. Pain radiates a little. Left Shoulder recently dislocated. What could it be?

Injury to neck: Any injury severe enough to dislocate a shoulder could certainly cause injury to the neck. Because the shoulder dislocation is very painful, the neck injury symptoms might be over looked. That is why when we examine someone for a shoulder injury we also SHOULD examine the neck (as the 2 are very intimately related). And vice versa. Please see your doctor re your neck symptoms. ...Read more

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Dislocated my right shoulder in january of 2013, reduced, slung it with pt. My right collarbone looks different & right side of neck feels tense. Why?

Dislocated my right shoulder in january of 2013, reduced, slung it with pt. My right collarbone looks different & right side of neck feels tense. Why?

Dislocation?: After a shoulder dislocation and sling immobilization disuse atrophy of the shoulder muscles can occur and cause the clavicle to appear more prominent. Also, with more scapular than glenohumeral (sh. Jt.) relative motion occurring your trapezius may be seeing more motion and " tenser"... Of course, an acromioclavicular "separation" of the shoulder can cause these 'changes' more quickly... ...Read more

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I have really bad neck & shoulder pain, how do I know if its dislocated?

Too much pain: If it is dislocated you could not even move it and the pain is unbearable if you have doubt see a doctor for X ray ...Read more

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Jaw dislocated on both sides 2x in 3 days, appt on thursday. The left joint \u0026 full neck feel like they're on fire. Why, & how can I stop it? =)

Jaw dislocated on both sides 2x in 3 days, appt on thursday. The left joint \u0026 full neck feel like they're on fire. Why, & how can I stop it? =)

Jaw and Muscle: It appears that you have a serious TMJ and muscle dysfunction that causes these muscles to go into a spasm and the jaw joint (TMJ) to be misaligned. You seriously need treatment from a dentist that is very skilled at treating tmj. Only about 5% of dentist are really good in this realm in that they are very familiar with multiple treatment options to select from based on the patient needs. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I want to turn my head, I experience sharp pain as if my neck will dislocate. This is is more so on my left side just below my ear.

Facet or cervical: Probably a mildly unstable or irritated Facet joint. In your upper cervical spine. Especially if there is a history of trauma. I would get cervical xrays including flexion extension, and odontoid views to better assess. See a sports med or spine surgeon to best evaluate this. ...Read more

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Dislocated collar bone causes lots of discomfort up right side of neck to lower part of skull?

Dislocated collar bone causes lots of discomfort up right side of neck to lower part of skull?

See a doctor.: The muscles that attach to the collarbone, as well as neck and skull, can be stretched and become painful if the collarbone is truly dislocated. It takes a lot of force to cause this kind of bony dislocation, and this type of dislocation needs to be reduced (repositioned properly) by a doctor for correct healing and to ease pain. Please see a doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I had a fractured jaw, had 2 plates. Because of injury, I suffer from jaw dislocations, clicking, muscles in my jaw, head and neck hard as a rock, wake up with migraine. What can I do I can't eat steak?

I had a fractured jaw, had 2 plates. Because of injury, I suffer from jaw dislocations, clicking, muscles in my jaw, head and neck hard as a rock, wake up with migraine. What can I do I can't eat steak?

Broken jaw: The first thing you should do is see and discuss your progress with the surgeon. Often reassurance is not a strong suit of surgeons. The energy dissipated into your jaw to break it is tremendous, and parts that don't break like the tmjs are often injured (nonsurgical injury). So the healing after jaw fractures may take months. The migraines are a separate issue not caused by fractures. ...Read more

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Can non dislocated fracture of coccyx trigger delayed neuralgia in neck and skull? Injured beg November, neuralgia stared end Dec. Tks.

Can non dislocated fracture of coccyx trigger delayed neuralgia in neck and skull? Injured beg November, neuralgia stared end Dec. Tks.

Highly unlikely: There is virtually no chance that the neuralgic pains you're feeling from December in the neck or the "skull" as you put it have anything to do with the coccygeal fracture. It would be kinda like finding a Polar Bear sunbathing in the Amazon Rain Forest! Totally WRONG location! Nice thing about fractures is that PAIN marks the spot...like the X on a treasure map! Anything else is "fool's gold! " ...Read more

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Does dislocated neck, cranial nerve damages, and resulting heart failure cause liver failure and ascites? Is this medical neglects by the hospitals & health care providers? We have told the doctors/nurses/lawyers this isue many times and they just covered

Does dislocated neck, cranial nerve damages, and resulting heart failure cause liver failure and ascites? Is this medical neglects by the hospitals & health care providers? We have told the doctors/nurses/lawyers this isue many times and they just covered

Totally garbled: Sorry, your post makes no sense at all. You seem to have some extremely fanciful notions about health & disease & what causes what. Either you've totally misunderstood what you've been told, or someone's deliberately trying to hoodwink you; or else you've jumped to the completely wrong conclusion that each of these events caused the next when in fact they just HAPPENED to occur in that order. ...Read more

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Why does my cartilage around my thyroid move when I move my head or im laying down and move my head quickly? Is that normal? Or is it broken or something

Why does my cartilage around my thyroid move when I move my head or im laying down and move my head quickly? Is that normal? Or is it broken or something

Cartilage: Sounds normal to me but any time you are concerned by this it would be wise to see your doctor.
If something wrong is indeed found your doctor will take care of you.
If there is nothing wrong you will be pleased. ...Read more

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Is it possible to heal the thyroid so that it functions properly again after being damaged in a strangling? Regrow cartilage? I was strangled a couple of years ago and found out last week that my thyroid was damaged. The cartilage in my neck where his han

Is it possible to heal the thyroid so that it functions properly again after being damaged in a strangling? Regrow cartilage? I was strangled a couple of years ago and found out last week that my thyroid was damaged. The cartilage in my neck where his han

The: The thyroid gland should still work fine after this trauma. You can get blood tests to check it out. If your levels are off, low, you will need thyroid hormone supplement, a pill. I doubt that the strangling itself would cause hypothyroidism. You may have hashimoto thyroiditis which is not related to your trauma. Perhaps thyroid conditions run in your family.
When taking a supplement use levothyroxine. See the link below regarding thyroid. ...Read more

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What's it mean if the cartilage In your thyroid is bigger on one side.? Is that dangerous

What's it mean if the cartilage In your thyroid is bigger on one side.? Is that dangerous

Ultrasound required: May want to get have your primary care provider request an ultrasound of your thyroid. ...Read more

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Would Leishmaniasis destroy cartilage of the nose and/or thyroid?

Nose: It may go to the nasal cartilage and you should have it checked out with an ENT. Any area of the body is possible. ...Read more

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What conditions could cause calcification/ossification of the thyroid, cricoid and tracheal cartilages in a 44 year old male (no glands involved).

Inflammation: Calcifications of the thyroid typically coincide with nodules and occur because of inflammation or cancer. You should see a specialist, like an endocrinologist, to better determine the cause. ...Read more

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Left thyro. Shrinks 7mm n 10 mnths on same side of abnormal growing cysts in thyroid cartilage, but hashimotos antibodies negative, could it b graves?

Left thyro. Shrinks 7mm n 10 mnths on same side of abnormal growing cysts in thyroid cartilage, but hashimotos antibodies negative, could it b graves?

Grave's?: It could be Grave's but you won't be able to know that till you see your Endocrinologist. If you have not yet seen an Endocrinologist please set up an appointment.
Hope all goes well - suspect it will be OK. ...Read more

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My thyrohyoid membrane (between hyoid bone and thyroid cartilage) hurts a lot when it is touched, like a sore pain. Could this be serious?

Pain: Any medical problem can result in pain. If you have not done so yet please see your doctor. If she/he has evaluated you and found no issue ask for a referral to a head and neck doctor. They too might not find something but you need to try. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my thyrohyoid membrane (between hyoid bone and thyroid cartilage) hurts a lot when it is touched, like a sore pain. Is this normal?

Not normal: There are things that can occur there like thyroglossal duct cysts, dermoid cysts, lymph nodes,
and other things to name a few. Maybe you can't feel something small that is developing but basically you should see an ENT for a thorough check. ...Read more

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Will 3t MRI be more effective in finding cartilage inflammation in chest and neck, or am I fine with 1.5 t? Any considerable differences? Any safety concerns between 1.5 t and 3t?

Will 3t MRI be more effective in finding cartilage inflammation in chest and neck, or am I fine with 1.5 t? Any considerable differences? Any safety concerns between 1.5 t and 3t?

3T: For cartilage abnormalities, 3t imaging is great due to it's resolution capabilities, but still the imaging is dependent on the protocols set on each machine. I would trust the radiologist recommendation for which machine to use for your ailment. ...Read more

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What happens if the cartilage is missing from the neck vertebrae?

What happens if the cartilage is missing from the neck vertebrae?

Depends: It depends in part in what you mean. Some people have a congenital fusion of two cervical vertebrae, which usually does not cause symptoms. Others may have a loss in cartilage secondary to degeneration and can have neck and arm pain and headaches. ...Read more

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Small, hard bump on back of neck. Not visible. Size of a tiny pinky nail. No symptoms. It's on the right side on cartilage part. Help! I'm worried?

Small, hard bump on back of neck. Not visible. Size of a tiny pinky nail. No symptoms. It's on the right side on cartilage part. Help! I'm worried?

Nodule on the neck: The most common small nodular lesion is a cyst. If the lesion is stable in size, mobile and non-tender it is probably ok. If it does not resolve in a few weeks or if it changes you should see your doctor. S. ...Read more

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My 3 yo has a bony little lump under cartilage in neck. It's not movable. Is there a bone there? It feels hard like a bone. I worry about lymphoma.

My 3 yo has a bony little lump under cartilage in neck. It's not movable. Is there a bone there? It feels hard like a bone. I worry about lymphoma.

Cartilage: I am not sure exactly where you are talking about. The cartilage that makes up the breathing tube (trachea) is made up of rings. Lymph nodes are generally movable. Does not sound suspicious but would recommend that your pediatrician takes a look. ...Read more

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There's a small lump noticed months ago about 1/2way down side of neck under skin, not like a pimple. Can't tell if it's vein or cartilage. What is it?

Neither: A lump in neck is neither cartilage (which, in the neck, is always connected to bone) nor vein (which does not form lumps). The only way to diagnose what it is is to have a doctor feel it. ...Read more

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Hard cartilage like lumpin lower sacrum about 2cm in size, 7 groin lymph nodes, 2 neck with 1in collarbone since Dec, doctor won't send me for tests?

Hard cartilage like lumpin lower sacrum about 2cm in size, 7 groin lymph nodes, 2 neck with 1in collarbone since Dec, doctor won't send me for tests?

Lumps/enlarged nodes: An xray might help with the lump you feel on your sacrum. Groin nodes are always the largest ones we feel because that area just isn't clean & the nodes are constantly handling a lot of bacterial invaders. Neck nodes are also usually easy to feel, so don't panic. Your nodes may be normal, especially if they move easily. Worrisome symptoms include night sweats, fevers, unexplained weight loss. ...Read more

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Thyroid (Definition)

The thyroid is an endocrine gland that sits in the lower part of the neck. It produces thyroid hormone - which ...Read more