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Which Foods Help With Repairs Of Knee Cartilage
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
It's Possible: Check out Regenexx.Com. The have the single largest registry in the country of patients with degenerative joint disease that have used their stem cell procedures with good outcomes. Obviously not everyone gets better, but a majority have found the ability to forego knee surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there any implants or substances that are injected into a knee cartilage after a meniscus tear repair surgery? Mine feels weak under pressure..
No: No there is not. It does take time for complete healing so give it 3-6 weeks after surgery to achieve a complete recovery. ...Read more
Yes, but...: Steroids decrease inflammation and therefore help to decrease pain associated with injury or surgery. While a steroid injection or oral steroids may help decrease symptoms, they will not restore cartilage or reverse/prevent arthritis. Nonetheless, they can be helpful if used judiciously to "jumpstart" your recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It won't hurt: You ask a question on which there is no data. Glucosamine and chondroitin are proteoglycans which in turn are major components of cartilage. These substances are proposed to help ease the pain of osteoarthritis, especially in the knees. Not all studies have shown they help but several have. Two studies of which I am aware suggest they may help to retard progression of oa. ...Read more
Yes: Cortisone and other steroids suppress the normal inflammation associated with an injury, including pain and swelling, so you can play on an injured knee with less discomfort and stiffness. It also suppresses both your ability to heal an injury/infection and to determine if you have a significant injury/infection, so these types of drugs should be used cautiously and only under a physician's care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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