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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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What is the best treatment for damaged knee cartilage?

What is the best treatment for damaged knee cartilage?

Articular/meniscal: For meniscus-surgery. For articular- weight loss, bracing, pt, hyaluronic acid injections, surgery if all else fails. ...Read more

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Can the knee cartilage ulcer be cured?

Can the knee cartilage ulcer be cured?

Yes sometimes: A discrete cartilage lesion can be filled in several ways. A osteochondral graft plug from your own knee, a juvenile cartilage transplant can be performed or a paste graft can be performed. ...Read more

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Does the knee cartilage show up in a x-ray?

Does the knee cartilage show up in a x-ray?

No: The x-ray only shows the bone but they can give you information about how much surface cartilage is present by looking at the space between the bones. To see cartilage in more detail, an MRI is needed. The meniscus cartilage on the other hand can only be seen on mri. ...Read more

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Is the quickest way to fix knee cartilage surgery?

It depends: It depends on what is wrong with your knee cartilage, what needs to be done, your overall physical condition, and your functional needs. Not all problems require surgery and not all surgery turns out as expected. An MRI can usually demonstrate exactly what is wrong with your knee and those results are then used to determine the procedure that would best fix your problem. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent knee cartilage wearing away?

See details: Do you have a problem already? If there is no issue then i would not worry. If you already have a knee problem then avoid stress to the knee such as running and opt for non weight bearing exercises. There are 2 europeon studies that suggest glucosamine may help reduce the risk of progressive osteoarthritic damage in knees. ...Read more

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Is it actually true that doing leg weights will damage my knee cartilage more ?

Is it actually true that doing leg weights will damage my knee cartilage more ?

Possibly: If the cartilage has significant arthritic damage or tears, stressing it by addition weights could worsen the issue. Try it will small weights and gradually increase if there is no pain. ...Read more

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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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What are treatment options for knee cartilage wear?

What are treatment options for knee cartilage wear?

Multiple: There are many options, including arthroscopic drilling; cartilage harvesting, groth, and then implantation; visco supplementation; braces and osteo roomies to " offload" the area, joint resurfacing, etc. Don't hesitate to see an orthopedic surgeon to discuss which option would be best for you. ...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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I've a small tear in my meniscus + defect in knee cartilage i'm 52 and in great shape. What exactly are my option? Any new reliable procedures?

I've a small tear in my meniscus + defect in knee  cartilage i'm 52 and in great shape. What exactly are my option? Any new reliable procedures?

It depends: Based on the tone of your question, i assume you mean surgical options. If not, non-op choices are the first step. If you mean surgical options, most small meniscus tears in your age group are cleaned up, ie not repairable. The options for the cartilage defect depend greatly on the exact site of the defect. Options include debridement, microfracture, or regenerative options such as aci. ...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