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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
Depends: This is a tough one to answer because recovery is defined differently and different body parts recovery differently. Technically, cartilage does not have a blood supply and so does not have the potential to fully heal. Sometimes pain associated with cartilage damage will subside, but it is difficult to predict how long this will take or if it will happen at all. Treatments are available. ...Read more
What can happen if my acl and cartilage is torn for 4 months and doesn't get fixed but it healed in probably?
Doubtful healing: ACL tears rarely ever heal on their own. Reconstruction is recommended for most younger and active patients to prevent future instability episodes. I'm assuming you mean a meniscal tear also. Some meniscal tears can be trimmed away in surgery, some repaired and some left alone. If you elect to avoid surgery, you should consider an aggressive physical therapy program and a stabilizing brace. ...Read more
What is the difference between a torn rotator cuff and a tear in the cartilage holding the rotator cuff? Which is worse?
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
What happens if my acl and cartilage are both torn for 4 months what can happen if I don't get surgery?
Depends: If you initially treated this with appropriate rest and rehab, 4 months should be near optimal healing time. If you are not having any problems with it, no further treatment is indicated. If you are still having significant problems with it, surgery may be indicated. In that case, not having surgery may result in worsening problems with further aging. Surgery may not fix everything. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cartilage damage: Hi, it depends on the severity of the injury, if there is a big tear then definitely a repair is needed, if the tear is small and the pain is not so terrible and function is not affected that much Physical therapy could help with healing and preventing the scar tissue. ...Read more
Yes: The meniscus is a type of cartilage in the knee. In middle-age patients, it can tear during a twisting injury, from exercise or simply due to degeneration. The other type of cartilage in the knee is the articular/hyaline cartilage. This is the type that covers the bone, and when it degrades, we label it as "arthritis." If I can help, then join my care team at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes ...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
Conservative care: Generally this type of injury will just take time and conservative care for healing. I would recommend regular use of NSAIDs (i.e. ibuprofen or Aleve) for a couple weeks, and ice/heat, as well as topical treatments like aspercreme or capsaicin cream. If the pain persists you may want to see a physician about further imaging such as a CT scan or MRI. ...Read more
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
Is there any fix for a torn 1st rib cartilage that happened nearly two years ago? I'm still having issues with rib slipping! my gp says unlikely!
Next opinion: If you have truly been diagnosed with a torn rib cartilage (probably by mri), and it hasn't healed in 2 years; then it is time to find an orthopedist versed in this type of thing to fix it. We family practitioners are good 95% of the time, but when it comes to specialty decision-making and treatments, know when it's time to talk to the next man in line. Talk to your friends: find your orthopod! ...Read more
Is there any natural practitioners online here? Someone who believes in giving supplements instead of drugs? Need help with my torn cartilage! :)
Orthopedist: Torn cartilage in the knee for example if causing significant pain or catching and locking of the knee can be evaluated by an orthopedist. There are no natural scientifically proven treatments for that problem. There are some natural antiinflammatories for pain such as turmeric. It is a mechanical problem though. ...Read more
Several options: If the cartilage involves the labrum, the labrum can be repaired, or cleaned up or debrided. If it is the cartilage covering the bone, this is a more difficult problem and may be treated by a technique called microfracture. The goal of microfracture is to create a "healing" type of cartilage to fill in the defect. These procedures are typically done arthroscopically. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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