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What exercise routine can I do if my knee has little or no remaining cartilage?

Non-loading: At 42 and with a history of arthitis, you want to minimize the load across the knee joint. You want to focus on keeping your quad strong. The best excercises are: swimming, biking, leg press, wall sits, hamstring curls, and possible eliptical. Avoid stair climbers and any type of leg extension. Avoid lunges and plyometric excersices as well. Try taking glucosamine suppliments suchas osteobiflex. ...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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Please describe a good exercise routine for people with knee cartilage damage?

Please describe a good exercise routine for people with knee cartilage damage?

Low impact: Swimming or water based exercise are best. Stationary bike and elliptical are also good choices. Avoid high impact activity such as running and jumping. ...Read more

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Knee has no cartilage what exercise can I do?

Knee has no cartilage what exercise can I do?

Low impact: Aquatics, body weight, or resistance bands/ tubing biking, and/or elliptical. Aquatics allow you to perform body weight exercises, but being in water actually reduces the stress on your body due to buoyancy. Once you are able to perform body weight activities then look to add light resistance w/ bands/ tubing. ...Read more

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What is a good way to get exercise after tearing your knee cartilage?

What is a good way to get exercise after tearing your knee cartilage?

Low impact exercises: Low impact exercises are generally a good idea when one is suffering from knee injuries. Riding a stationary bike, elliptical machines, or swimming are exercises that will help strengthen the muscles around the knee without causing significant discomfort. Avoid squats or lunges. ...Read more

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My knee is in incredible pain and has been for weeks. Years ago I tore the cartilages in both knees and have little left. How can I get the pain to stop?

My knee is in incredible pain and has been for weeks. Years ago I tore the cartilages in both knees and have little left. How can I get the pain to stop?

Specialist need: There is a procedure called arthroscopy, seeing inside of the joint the same way endoscopy is done to see inside of food pipe, stomach with a lighted tip, inserted through a small incision and interventions are done in the same time or different time if it takes more minute works. You are just 35 years old and may be were a sports person, but if you realize this much damage you have early attention ...Read more

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Cartilage tears are they common and what is the best way to fix it especially. In the knees?

Cartilage tears are they common and what is the best way to fix it especially. In the knees?

Knee pain: Cartilage tears and cartilage degeneration are extremely common, especially in the knees. Cartilage lays over the knee bones and lines the joint. It also produces synovial fluid which acts as a lubricant and reduces friction inside the joint (think oil inside your engine). Fix: consider physical therapy, relubricating hyluronic acid injections, regenerative treatment (prp, stem cells), or surgery. ...Read more

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Will more exercise make a suspected torn cartilage in knee worse?

Will more exercise make a suspected torn cartilage in knee worse?

Torn cartilage exerc: Yes it will, don't do exercise till you know the extent of the injuries and cleared by your doctor. ...Read more

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Which type of exercise machine can you use if you have cartilage and ligament knee problem?

Which type of exercise machine can you use if you have cartilage and ligament knee problem?

Limited: Do not use the quad extension machine. The only machine to use would be the supine leg press machine. You can do exercises without machines that would be safer. ...Read more

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I've a small tear in my meniscus + defect in knee cartilage I'm 52 and in great shape. What exactly are my option? Any new reliable procedures?

I've a small tear in my meniscus + defect in knee cartilage I'm 52 and in great shape. What exactly are my option? Any new reliable procedures?

It depends: Based on the tone of your question, I assume you mean surgical options. If not, non-op choices are the first step. If you mean surgical options, most small meniscus tears in your age group are cleaned up, ie not repairable. The options for the cartilage defect depend greatly on the exact site of the defect. Options include debridement, microfracture, or regenerative options such as aci. ...Read more

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2 yrs. Since arthro. Knee surg. Shaved cartilage, MRI xray good. Still hurts exercising. Should I exercise regardless and ice after. Seen spe.?

2 yrs. Since arthro. Knee surg. Shaved cartilage, MRI xray good. Still hurts exercising. Should I exercise regardless and ice after. Seen spe.?

No: It is important to understand the pain and it's cause. Most important is to engage in a comprehensive physical therapy program. Consider injectional therapies that may help with the pain and dysfunction of your condition which I presume in osteoarthritis and or a meniscal tear. Seek another opinion with a primary care sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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An MRI of my knee shows a fissure of the lateral facet, nearly perpendicular, extending through the full cartilage thickness with a small focus of und?

An MRI of my knee shows a fissure of the lateral facet, nearly perpendicular, extending through the full cartilage thickness with a small focus of und?

Question? HT Prime.: I assume you have a question regarding this finding on MRI, however none is stated. If you are having symptoms & want to know treatment options, I suggest you use HealthTap Prime so you can talk to a live doctor, upload the pictures & MRI report, & discuss how the symptoms developed. That way, your doctor'll have the best information with which to give you good advice. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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Husband had cartilage knee transplant last week brace was off and he accidentally bent knee and put a little weight in it can that dislodge it no pain?

Husband had cartilage knee transplant last week brace was off and he accidentally bent knee and put a little weight in it can that dislodge it no pain?

Unlikely: Whether your husband has an arthroscopic "oats" or a " mosaic pasty " procedure minor temporary weight - bearing would likely have no untoward effect on his recovery... But be careful in future... See ors if you develop increased swelling or pain. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have very little cartilage in knee very painful all the time had shots mobic (meloxicam) knee brace pain meds pt have bone spurs nothing helps help opinions?

I have very little cartilage in knee very painful all the time had shots mobic (meloxicam) knee brace pain meds pt have bone spurs nothing helps help opinions?

Seedetails: Have you tried injectable lubricants such as synvisc (hylan g-f 20) or orthovisc? You can also try another NSAID as Mobic is not all that strong. Knee replacement surgery is generally avoided in someone so young. ...Read more

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Knee cartilage deterioration, moderate narrowing, small joint effusion, periarticular spur fluid; MRI clear yet terrible pain. What can be done now?

Knee pain: Sounds like there is some arthritic changes--and I suspect MRI has ruled out meniscal tear.
If not responding to high dose nsaids ie aleve (naproxen) or Ibuprofen and rest--to orthopedics and may need a procedure ...Read more

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What can I do to help unlodge a piece of cartilage from my knee?

What can I do to help unlodge a piece of cartilage from my knee?

Tough one: There's really nothing you can do. I imagine you ask this because it keeps catching or clicking or locking up on you. Take less stairs to help reduce those symptoms. Eventually it may degrade enough to stop catching or catch so bad between the joint it tears some. Then once the pain subsides it may be better, but f it gets worse the only way to fix it is an arthroscopic resection of the torn piece. ...Read more

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