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Doctor insights on: Full Recovery Torn Knee Cartilage

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

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

Usually several wks: Simply debriding torn/injured tissue admitedly allows for more rapid rehabiltation and recovery (1-6 wks). The analogy is one's reaction to a deep splinter removal: once the offending agent is removed, the root of acute pain is gone, and only minimal healing from the injury to the surrounding tissue remains. Repair/replaceme of cartilage can entail a prolonged (months) course of recovery, however. ...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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Outer lateral side of knee cartilage is torn so there is no space between femer and tibia in that region,what is the best advice for this?

Outer lateral side of knee cartilage is torn so there is no space between femer and tibia in that region,what is the best advice for this?

Varies: It varies a little based upon whether there is any malalignment of the knee and whether arthritis is set in. If it is well aligned, non arthritic, then a meniscal transplant may be an option. Visco supplementation can be an option as well as off loading with a brace. All based on your specific factors. ...Read more

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Will a cortisone shot help me play football with torn knee cartilage?

Will a cortisone shot help me play football with torn knee cartilage?

Yes: Cortisone and other steroids suppress the normal inflammation associated with an injury, including pain and swelling, so you can play on an injured knee with less discomfort and stiffness. It also suppresses both your ability to heal an injury/infection and to determine if you have a significant injury/infection, so these types of drugs should be used cautiously and only under a physician's care. ...Read more

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Can knee cartilage heal?

Can knee cartilage heal?

No : Once injured, cartilage in a joint cannot typically "heal". The severity of the injury to the cartilage will determine the long term consequences such as arthritis. ...Read more

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Which foods help with repairs of knee cartilage?

Which foods help with repairs of knee cartilage?

None: Cartilage, by definition, does not have a good blood supply. If something does not have a good blood supply, it does not heal well (or repair itself). That means that you can eat anything you want, it will not help cartilage heal....Because it can't. ...Read more

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What is a good way to get exercise after tearing your knee cartilage?

What is a good way to get exercise after tearing your knee cartilage?

Low impact exercises: Low impact exercises are generally a good idea when one is suffering from knee injuries. Riding a stationary bike, elliptical machines, or swimming are exercises that will help strengthen the muscles around the knee without causing significant discomfort. Avoid squats or lunges. ...Read more

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What happens to you when you have had all of your knee cartilage removed?

Osteoarthritis: When cartilage is removed you are bone on bone which is painful and will eventually need joint replacement. ...Read more

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