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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
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
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
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
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
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
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