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Repair Knee Cartilage
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
It's Possible: Check out Regenexx.Com. The have the single largest registry in the country of patients with degenerative joint disease that have used their stem cell procedures with good outcomes. Obviously not everyone gets better, but a majority have found the ability to forego knee surgery. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Is there any implants or substances that are injected into a knee cartilage after a meniscus tear repair surgery? Mine feels weak under pressure..
No: No there is not. It does take time for complete healing so give it 3-6 weeks after surgery to achieve a complete recovery. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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