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What does thinning of the cartilage in my knee mean for my health?

What does thinning of the cartilage in my knee mean for my health?

Early Osteoarthosis: Thinning cartilage is a x-ray finding for early oa. It is a warning that your knee is starting to wear out and it means that you may have to make some lifestyle changes. If you are overweight, you should lose weight. You may need to modify your activity, for example, void high impact sports. If you exercise, you may have to modify your program to decrease stress and strain on your knees. ...Read more

Cartilage (Definition)

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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In my partial meniscectomy they found "1/2 CM area of superficial articular cartilage damage" what does this mean for my knee in activities + health?

In my partial meniscectomy they found "1/2 CM area of superficial articular cartilage damage" what does this mean for my knee in activities + health?

Early Arthritis: At the young age of 20, this indicates very early and focal arthritis. The location of the defect (weight bearing or not) is also very important. I would limit load bearing excercises such as jogging. Bike, swim, and do eliptical instead. Supplements such as glucosamine and chondrotin sulfate may help, as well as a visco-elastic injection for cartilage nutrition. Check with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Are there any natural health remedies to increase repair of meniscal cartilage and knee ligaments?

Are there any natural health remedies to increase repair of meniscal cartilage and knee ligaments?

No: There are no well done studies in the peer reviewed literature demonstrating the safety or effectiveness of any natural health remedies for ligament or cartilage healing. A lifestyle of proper nutrition and regular exercise and avoiding excessive alcohol use, tobacco abuse, or obesity have been shown to optimize general healing, although not specifically ligament or cartilage healing. ...Read more

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My 3TMRI shows bilateral knee effusion and thinning of cartilage with knee pain for 1 yr. Iam 34yrs, physio therapist, what precautions should I take?

My 3TMRI shows bilateral knee effusion and thinning of cartilage with knee pain for 1 yr. Iam 34yrs, physio therapist, what precautions should I take?

Strengthening: If you are a physiotherapist, then you can start yourself on a strengthening program for the knees, which should help with any symptoms you may have. If you have knee symptoms currently, it would make sense to ease up on your activities until symptoms improve. Other than that, no specific precautions are necessary for your MRI findings. ...Read more

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Does having raynaud syndrome mean a greater chance of tearing ligaments and cartilage in my knee?

Does having raynaud syndrome mean a greater chance of tearing ligaments and cartilage in my knee?

Maybe: If the raynaud's syndrome is secondary to an underlying autoimmune disease such as lupus or scleroderma your ligaments and cartilage are at some increased risk of injury. If the raynaud's is primary, there is no increased risk of joint injury. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have numbness in your knee? Is it because of cartilage? Please help.

What does it mean to have numbness in your knee? Is it because of cartilage? Please help.

Numbness means nerve: True numbness means there is a nerve problem. For the knee this usually means nerve irritation in low back, but not always.
An altered sensation near the knee could be a symptom of a cartilage problem or other internal derangement in the knee. ...Read more

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Knee not back to normal in 3 weeks after drain/shot may mean a cartilage tear per MD. Drain/shot caused this? I did nothing. I am not paying for MRI.

Knee not back to normal in 3 weeks after drain/shot may mean a cartilage tear per MD. Drain/shot caused this? I did nothing. I am not paying for MRI.

Usually not.. .: If the drainage procedure was not traumatic ie bloody nor painful, it is highly unlikely the procedure caused you any negative effect. Commonly when a steroid injection fails to resolve the issue some other underlying cause such as an internal derangement of the joint or some systemic issue is producing the symptoms. Laboratory evaluation of the joint fluid may point to some underlying condition. ...Read more

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What does chondrocalcinosis mean in the knee? What does fibrillation of the articular cartilage posteriorly mean?

What does chondrocalcinosis mean in the knee? What does fibrillation of the articular cartilage posteriorly mean?

Arthritic changes: Chondocalcinosis is a condition with deposition of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals in the articular or joint surface cartilage (white stuff on the end of a chicken bone) that leads to arthitic changes. Fibrillation is early arthritic change with fraying of the articular catilage giving the surface the appearance of an unmowed lawninstead of a smooth surface. Posterior is back of joint. ...Read more

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Does a displcement of the meniscal root mean that there is a tear? Where is the articular cartilage in the knee? What is the purpose of having that?

Does a displcement of the meniscal root mean that there is a tear? Where is the articular cartilage in the knee? What is the purpose of having that?

Meniscus - surgery: You are quoting detailed anatomy inside the knee, likely from an MRI report. It describes a tear in the meniscus cartilage, which lines the inside of the knee so bones can glide against each other smoothly. This usually needs surgery to correct, but the surgery can be done through a tiny incision with a scope. Find more info @ http://orthoinfo. Aaos. Org/topic. Cfm? Topic=a00358. ...Read more

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How can I build up cartilage in my knee (because of jogging)?

How can I build up cartilage in my knee (because of jogging)?

Knee cartilage probl: It is difficult to increase cartilage tissue in the knee. The best you can do is to protect your knees and stop jogging. Use exercises that do not impact the knees. See your physician for an examination to determine the exact cause and to recommend treatment for your condition. ...Read more

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I have no meniscus cartilage in my knee - is there an implant available?

I have no meniscus cartilage in my knee - is there an implant available?

Yes: Most patients do well with nonoperative treatment. A small number of patients are candidates for a meniscal transplant. Some will go on to need a partial or full knee replacement. ...Read more

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I have no cartilage in my knee how come it hurts worse at night?

I have no cartilage in my knee how come it hurts worse at night?

Night pain: At night, we experience the accumulation of all of the inflammation that has built up during the day when we are active. The joint friction gradually worsens as we walk and by the end of the day, the symptoms are at their worse. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as artificial cartilage to replace the cartilage in my knee?

Is there such thing as artificial cartilage to replace the cartilage in my knee?

Cartilage transplant: It is possible to replace the meniscus cartilage and perform a stem cell paste graft for many patients who have been told they need a knee replacement. This is called a biologic knee replacement. ...Read more

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I have torn the meniscus cartilage in my knee. Advice please?

I have torn the meniscus cartilage in my knee. Advice please?

Meniscus tears: You should talk to your orthopedist because depending if it's a complete or partial tears sometimes they decide conservative treatment like physical therapy vs surgery. ...Read more

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Is there any surgery to replace cartilage in my knee to alleviate pain and swelling?

Is there any surgery to replace cartilage in my knee to alleviate pain and swelling?

Allografts: Many forms of regenerative allografts are currently available in lieu of the common meniscectomy poor long term success. The long term outcomes from meniscal allografts are yet inconclusive. ...Read more

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I tore cartilage in my knee, should I go see a doctor at a er?

See an orthopedist: If you know you have a torn cartilage or meniscus, presumably by an MRI or other imaging, i'd recommend you schedule a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss treatment options. An er physician will only be able to give you a brace/splint, some meds and then likely refer you to an orthopedist. If your insurance allows, i'd bypass the er doc. ...Read more

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I have very little cartilage in my knee, what exercises can I do?

I have very little cartilage in my knee, what exercises can I do?

Bike: Low impact activities are the best for you. Consider stationary bike or swimming. ...Read more

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Cartilage in my knee is almost gone and now it is painful to walk what are my options?

Cartilage in my knee is almost gone and now it is painful to walk what are my options?

Knee pain: After the cartilage is worn down it is important to get physical therapy to keep the muscles about the knee strong. Arthritis medicines help the inflammation pain, steroid injections help but at some point a total knee replacement will be done. ...Read more

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I have no cartilage in my knee. Are there any exercises I can do to lose weight?

I have no cartilage in my knee. Are there any exercises I can do to lose weight?

Low impact: If you have a loss of cartilage in your knee (arthritis), you still need to exercise for health benefits. Low impact is always favored. This would include swimming, biking, elliptical machine use. Walking is moderate impact but still better than high impact activities such as running or jumping. ...Read more

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My doctor suspects that some cartilage in my knee is torn, the pain is intolerable and makes it hard to move, should I stay off my feet?

See details: First of all, you should have an MRI of the knee to establish if there is a tear. Then, you should see an orthopedist to determine the best treatment options for your knee pain. ...Read more

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I have a torn mpfl and I'm missing some cartilage in my knee. Is it normal for it to hurt when I walk or stand?

Sure: Any type of ligament disruption can cause discomfort with walking or standing. If the pain persists, you may want to consider having the ligament repaired. Ice and avoiding the aggravating motions is also recommended. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've lack cartilage in my knee and for almost the last 4 yrs ive been taking glucosamine and lately my knee feels better, is that why? I've noticed that

I've lack cartilage in my knee and for almost the last 4 yrs ive been taking glucosamine and lately my knee feels better, is that why? I've noticed that

Could be: glucosamine seems to help some people with osteoarthritis. It may be helping you. And it's also true that there are many factors that can affect pain and dysfunction in OA: body weight, muscle strength, climate, emotional states, cardiovascular conditioning. Best results if you can have healthy weight, reduce stress, keep your leg muscles strong, and be happy! :-) ...Read more

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I have torn cartilage in my knee, do people come back better than ever after surgery?

I have torn cartilage in my knee, do people come back better than ever after surgery?

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 more

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I ruptured and damaged my MCL beyond repair, dislodged all cartilage in my knee, ruptured my ACL, damaged my PCL and unattached and damaged my patella tendon. I got badly tripped and would like to know what I would feel if I had re-damaged the patella ten

I ruptured and damaged my MCL beyond repair, dislodged all cartilage in my knee, ruptured my ACL, damaged my PCL and unattached and damaged my patella tendon. I got badly tripped and would like to know what I would feel if I had re-damaged the patella ten

Depends: Injury and pain is felt differently by different people. If you have not had the previous injuries repaired, it may be difficult to feel any significant difference. The function of your knee (being able to straighten it and hold it off the ground while sitting) may be affected with a patellar tendon injury -but may not be. An MRI is sometimes the only way to see the injury. See your doctor. ...Read more

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How effective is arthroscopy for fixing torn cartilage in my knee? I am an athlete and want the best possible treatment for my injured knee. Is arthroscopy going to allow me to return to full function, or should I opt for traditional surgery?

How effective is arthroscopy for fixing torn cartilage in my knee? I am an athlete and want the best possible treatment for my injured knee. Is arthroscopy going to allow me to return to full function, or should I opt for traditional surgery?

Very effective: There are two basic types of cartilage in your knee--the meniscus (between the bones) and the articular (covering the bones). "torn cartilage" usually refers to a torn meniscus. Arthroscopic surgery is very reliable for resolving symptoms like catching, locking and giving way. Recovery is typically short with no long term restrictions. Complications are infrequent. ...Read more