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What Does Microfracture Mean
Microfracture: Pain-free activities of daily living. Anything beyond that could be considered an extremely successful result. Return to play at or above the same level of activity as prior to your injury is desirable but sadly uncommon--reference greg oden who has had three of them and is struggling to return to the nba. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Is there a scan which will show everything that is wrong with you, and can even detect microfractures? If so, which scan is it?
Not exactly: Every test has advantages and disadvantages to it, based in part on what you are looking for. When looking for a small fracture in a specific area of the body, an MRI is usually the most sensitive. When looking at the whole body, a bone scan is best, but it is not very specific. Thank you for the question. ...Read more
Muscle strength loss: The many muscles involved in running and moving quickly from point "a" to point "b" are responsible for explosiveness (acceleration). Rehabilitation that is sports-specific is usally required to regain maximal functional recovery after any knee surgery, including microfracture. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Deconditioning /pain: Microfracture surgery is a way to create channels for stem cells from the near by bone marrow to fill in a defect in the surface cartilage of a joint. Its most commonly done in the knee. To improve the chance of success most patients are on crutches for 6 weeks and avoid high impact activity for 4-6 months. It takes a long time to build back up muscle strength and there can still be pain. ...Read more
None: It sounds like you are looking for some type of exercise that will result in microfractures which then lead to lengthening of the bones and increased height? To my knowledge this is not possible. There is something called the ilizarov technique in which an external fixator is utilized for limb lengthening or straightening, but this is used for abnormal limb pathology. ...Read more
I had a microfracture surgery in july and a second scope in november to clean it up. What should I do if i'm in pain again?
Low impact activity: If pain persist after micro fracture surgery, it can often mean the surgery fail to form the fibrocartilage "patch" it was intended to do. Viscosupplimentation (lubricant) injections and unloading braces, can be helpful non operative treatments. Avoiding high impact activities, jumping, running, etc. Is very important. If pain persists, other cartilage restoration procedures exist that can help. ...Read more
Just wondering if someone could tell me what a microfracture is in depth, if such a thing, like if someone got one on wrist?
Small Fracture: A micro fracture sometimes refers to an injury eg a wrist when there is no visible fracture line on plain xrays but there is a finding on MRI or CT Scan indicating trauma. The treatment is basically the same as a full fracture eg casting or a fracture brace. Many times the length of time needed is less by about 30%. Stress fractures can be related to the same process. ...Read more
6 weeks no weight: Typically, we believe that the microfracture created fibrocartilage (lining that develops in place of the normal cartilage) takes 6 weeks to mature. We don't have specific studies in humans to prove this, but it is an accepted guideline. Therefore we use 6 weeks of no weight on the microfractured area, then exercises to strengthen the surrounding knee. About 50% of microfractures are successful. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good options: Acl reconstruction at your age is a good option if you have knee instability. Only a small percentage of patients (copers) do well without surgery. Micro fracture at the same setting to address small cartilage defects is fine, but an oats procedure maybe better, where. Cartilage plugs are harvested from another area of the knee and implanted to the affected area. Check with your surgeon about it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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