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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

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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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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