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How Could You Know If You Have Torn The Cartilage In Your Knee
See your doctor: Cartilage tears are diagnosis with a combination of history taking, physical exam, x-rays, and occasionally advanced diagnostics like mri. There is no reliable way of diagnosing knee cartilage injuries or meniscal injuries by looking at it. Untreated cartilage injuries are potentially serious problems best treated early and a visit to your local orthopaedic surgeon would be a wise move. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
If you have a torn meniscus, which is the cartilage in your knee, do you need to get surgery to fix it?
Depends: It depends on the more specific nature of your problem. For example, some injuries may heal on their own, perhaps with some limited weight bearing, on the other hand, some cartilage injuries, such as a displaced menus cal tear may require surgery for repair or debridement. Your surgeon will be able to tell you much more about the specific nature of your problem. Thank you. ...Read more
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
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
I torn my cartilage in my left knee and had surgery, they removed my cartilage on the left side. I regularly exercise but there is still pain.?
More info: How long after surgery? It takes some time to heal, but if past that time see you doc for reevaluation. ...Read more
Varies: This can vary widely because the treatment can vary widely for different conditions and amongst different physicians. There are protective braces that can assist with comfort and rehabilitation for these injuries but their use varies depending on the specific injury. Ask your doctor for more specifics regarding this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a torn mpfl and missing some cartilage. If I get surgery to fix my mpfl will my knee stay stable? Because now it isn't so stable
Yes: Reconstruction of this ligament is vital for stability. ...Read more
Recovery variable: As you used the word "torn", I assume you mean meniscal cartilage. There ate two basic treatments: repair and partial meniscectomy. Repairs require time to heal and each type of tear repair has a unique time to heal. Partial excision only requires time for the joint to heal that is dependent on patient age, alignment, weight, muscle development and if any arthritis is present. ...Read more
Generally no: There issues are very likely to cause pain, instability or locking or any combination of the three. ...Read more
I have a torn mpfl and I'm missing some cartilage in my knee. Is it normal for it to hurt when I walk or stand?
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