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Doctor insights on: Which Foods Help With Repairs Of Knee Cartilage

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Which foods help with repairs of knee cartilage?

Which foods help with repairs of knee cartilage?

None: Cartilage, by definition, does not have a good blood supply. If something does not have a good blood supply, it does not heal well (or repair itself). That means that you can eat anything you want, it will not help cartilage heal....Because it can't. ...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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Can you use stem cells to repair knee cartilage?

Can you use stem cells to repair knee cartilage?

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 more

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Could steroids help me recover from knee cartilage damage & removal?

Could steroids help me recover from knee cartilage damage & removal?

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 more

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Could acupuncture and qi gong treatment help my knee cartilage grow back?

Could acupuncture and qi gong treatment help my knee cartilage grow back?

No: No, however acupuncture has been shown to help with knee pain from arthritis. It is effective but expensive and studies included several weeks of treatment. There are no long term studies with arthritis and acupuncture that I am aware of. ...Read more

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I am a runner, should I take glucosamine supplements to help preserve knee cartilage?

I am a runner, should I take glucosamine supplements to help preserve knee cartilage?

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

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Will a cortisone shot help me play football with torn knee cartilage?

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 more

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