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

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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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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Is it safe to play football with my knees hurting really bad and have worn out cartliage?

Is it safe to play football with my knees hurting really bad and have worn out cartliage?

No: Usually a significant knee pain may indicate simple sprain or significant ligamental injury hence evaluation by a physician before further games is prudent. ...Read more

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Can i play football with a torn meniscus using a knee brace?

Can i play football with a torn meniscus using a knee brace?

No: I would strongly suggest that the tear be repaired and your post-op healing and rehab be complete before returning to the gridiron. ...Read more

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Is it safe to play football while wearing a knee brace for a torn meniscus?

Is it safe to play football while wearing a knee brace for a torn meniscus?

Knee brace: A knee brace can limit some excursion of the knee but it won't prevent catastrophic injuries or tears. ...Read more

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I've torn my ACL but still play football every now and then. Recently I twisted my knee while running & cutting & suffered same symptoms as first time?

I've torn my ACL but still play football every now and then. Recently I twisted my knee while running & cutting & suffered same symptoms as first time?

Common with torn ACL: If your ACL is still torn or re-torn after a surgery, you will get the feeling your knee is giving out during running, cutting and twisting activities such as soccer, football, basketball, etc. It is not uncommon with a chronic ACL tear to develop arthritis or meniscus (cartilage) tears. You should see a medical provider to determine if an MRI is required to assess for a recent injury. ...Read more

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How long after knee arthroscopy can I start playing football I had the op 9 weeks ago for a torn meniscus?

How long after knee arthroscopy can I start playing football I had the op 9 weeks ago for a torn meniscus?

Should ask your M.D.: You should definitely discuss any level of return to play with your surgeon. The answer will depend upon whether the meniscus tear was repaired or simply debrided. Debrided or partially removed meniscal tears usually allow for an earlier return to sports than does a repair. ...Read more

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I hurt my knee while playing football. Doctor said I have a torn ligament but not sure because haven't take any xray.What should I do?

I hurt my knee while playing football. Doctor said I have a torn ligament but not sure because haven't take any xray.What should I do?

MRI: X-rays will only show bony trauma. Physical exam first then MRI to determine which ligament (or cartilage) could be injured. This will then determine treatment, non-surgical or surgical. ...Read more