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How To Tell If You Have Torn Cartilage In Your Knee
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
I have a torn cartilage in my left knee. Torodol was suggested for pain. Is this a standard treatment but was told to take for only 5 days ?
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
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 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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