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How can you tell if you have torn cartilage or a muscle in your knee?

How can you tell if you have torn cartilage or a muscle in your knee?

MRI: If you mean by exam. Torn muscles will have a gap in them and can be felt, torn cartilage you could feel but you cannot see. The best method to do MRI on the knee to find out. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Torn Meniscus (Definition)

In the knee joint there are two types of cartilage, articular cartilage and meniscal cartilage. The meniscus is a triangular shaped piece of fibro-cartilage that sits between the femur and tibia. The meniscus can tear as a result of injury or secondary degenerative changes that occur over time. Because the meniscus cartilage dies not have it's own blood supply, tears often ...Read more


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If you have a torn meniscus, which is the cartilage in your knee, do you need to get surgery to fix it?

If you have a torn meniscus, which is the cartilage in your knee, do you need to get surgery to fix it?

Not always: Pain from meniscal tears often settle down with therapy. Surgery only needed for continues pain or locking of the knee. ...Read more

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Bad knee issues torn cartilage, what do you recommend?

Bad knee issues torn cartilage, what do you recommend?

See a specialist.: See an orthopedic sports medicine knee specialist, who may recommend surgery, depending on what type of cartilage tear you may have. ...Read more

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How can I facilitate the repair of torn cartilage in my knees?

How can I facilitate the repair of torn cartilage in my knees?

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

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Will more exercise make a suspected torn cartilage in knee worse?

Will more exercise make a suspected torn cartilage in knee worse?

Torn cartilage exerc: Yes it will, dont do exercise till you know the extent of the injuries and cleared by your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of torn cartilage in ones knee? Any home remedies?

What are the symptoms of torn cartilage in ones knee? Any home remedies?

No home remedies. ..: ...The symptoms r catching, locking, giving out, needs exam by orthopedic surgeon who can make the diagnosis by exam ; ur history, as well as an mri. ...Read more

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How can you fix a torn cartilage in the knee?

Repair of cartilage: We surgically repair torn meniscus cartilage and add prp to augment the repair. We use a stem cell paste graft to repair damaged articular cartilage. ...Read more

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How can you treat torn cartilage in the knee?

How can you treat torn cartilage in the knee?

Repair: Suture repair of the torn cartilage or trimming of the frayed edges is often successful at treating torn cartilages. Every effort to save as much of the tissue as possible is important. ...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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How long will it take to recover from a torn cartilage surgery of the knee?

How long will it take to recover from a torn cartilage surgery of the knee?

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

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Do I have to have an arthroscopy on my knee for a torn cartilage?

Do I have to have an arthroscopy on my knee for a torn cartilage?

Usually- not always: Not all cartilage and meniscal tears are the same within the knee. Only symptomatic (bothersome) tears are routinely indicated for arthroscopy. You should discuss your knee injury and symptoms with your orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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When i straighten my right knee it frequently pops/cracks and is painful for a moment. It also hurts when i uses stair or crouch. Torn cartilage?

When i straighten my right knee it frequently pops/cracks and is painful for  a moment. It also hurts when i uses stair or crouch. Torn cartilage?

Cartilage damage-yes: You likely have lost the smooth normal surface of the articular cartilage under your patella (kneecap) along with the cartilage of the trochlea (groove in femur that articulates with your patella). Seek orthopaedic evaluation to determine if this is the case. ...Read more

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My left knee has a torn cartilage which is really painful. I can't fully bend my knee when I lie down. Popping and locking as well. Surgery or not?

My left knee has a torn cartilage which is really painful. I can't fully bend my knee when I lie down. Popping and locking as well. Surgery or not?

Possibly: Has torn cartilage been confirmed by an MRI? How long have you had symptoms? Have other treatments been tried, and did they help? If you have a torn meniscus that is causing significant pain, swelling or locking, then knee arthroscopy, a "scope," can be helpful to remove or repair the torn meniscus. If I can help, then join my care team & virtual practice at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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Old sports injury = torn meniscus surgery. Now, i'm in pain again. Is there any solution other than total knee replacement? I had surgery for a torn meniscus about 8 years ago and a significant amount of shredded cartilage was removed. In recent months, e

Old sports injury = torn meniscus surgery. Now, i'm in pain again. Is there any solution other than total knee replacement? I had surgery for a torn meniscus about 8 years ago and a significant amount of shredded cartilage was removed. In recent months, e

Pain meds, injection: The last treatment before knee replacement includes injections of cortisone or lubricants (synvisc, supartz, (hyaluronic acid) etc). Weight loss, stretching and muscle strengthening help also. Anti-inflammatory meds and other pain meds also block the pain. Unfortunately, all of these are temporary. For some young patients, osteotomy (realignment of the limb) or partial knee replacement may be indicated. ...Read more

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I have torn cartilage in my knee, do people come back better than ever after surgery?

I have torn cartilage in my knee, do people come back better than ever after surgery?

Hopefully as good: Not all cartilage and meniscal tears are the same. The goals of cartilage surgery are to restore function and motion with minimal pain. The outcome for your knee depends upon the degree of damage found at surgery. Small focal tears tend to do better than larger diffuse tears. Your surgeon will be able to review your specific findings at surgery and give you the prognosis for your individual knee. ...Read more

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I'm supposed to get arthroscopic surgery on my knee (torn cartilage)--is this advisable?

I'm supposed to get arthroscopic surgery on my knee (torn cartilage)--is this advisable?

Torn cartilage: Generally speaking, knee arthroscopy is an excellent method of treating a symptomatic torn meniscus--one that has mechanical symptoms of locking, painful clicking, buckling, etc. If you are asymptomatic, then a scope should be considered later after conservative treatment. Should have a positive exam to have a scope. ...Read more

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Injured knee torn cartilage front and sides for5 months until seen by doc will elevating icing and hot baths keep it from getting worse?

Injured knee torn cartilage front and sides for5 months until seen by doc will elevating icing and hot baths keep it from getting worse?

RICE Protocol: Treatment for knee injuries with torn ligaments/cartilage can vary based on the severity of symptoms. If there is swelling and instability, I would recommend ice to reduce the swelling and elevation. Compression with an ACE wrap or support could be helpful. If there is pain associated and if you can take a NSAID then short course of Advil/Aleve can be tried. Avoid running/athletics. ...Read more

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My r knee has swollen over night and i'm finding it hard to weight bear. I had a dual arthroscopy six years ago for torn cartilage, cld it be that?.

My r knee has swollen over night and i'm finding it hard to weight bear. I had a dual arthroscopy six years ago for torn cartilage, cld it be that?.

Arthritis vs tear: People who have had a previous tear of a meniscus treated with partial or complete excision are at risk for arthritis of the knee in the years following. This could causeswelling and pain on weight bearing . Progression or re-tearing of the remaining meniscus can occur and cause same symptoms. ...Read more

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Fell and torn cartilage in my right knee, as i have a very bad cough ,gets a severe pain in my lower left side, could this be connected to my fall.

Fell and torn cartilage  in my right knee, as i have a very bad cough ,gets a severe  pain in my lower left side, could this be connected to my fall.

Possibly: Any time someone has a fall bad enough to damage the knee joint there is a chance that other injuries can occur. You should go see your medical provider to be examined in person. ...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