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Knee Cartlidge Wear
« on: November 24, 2004, 05:16:08 PM »
I ran the London Marathon in 2003, never ran before but got hooked.  Since then I run regularly normally limit it to running on a treadmill.

Recently I've been having pain in my knee, becoming more painful when the knee is bent.

Anyhow, I had an XRay done and last night my Dr. said that the cartlidge in my knee had worn and there was a narrow gap forming and thats why it was hurting.

He said take glucosamine sulphate but I've been takling that religiously for the last 2 years.  Just told me to limit and be careful with my exercise.

No good really as I get pain while I'm walking now.

Any advice what I can do?
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Re: Knee Cartlidge Wear
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2004, 03:01:14 AM »
Have you talked with OS on options to repair the cartilage???

I have had two OATS (osteoarticular transfer surgery) to repair cartilage in my knee as it too became really painful to walk or even bend.

Best of Luck to you
If you need any info on the OATS feel free to IM me
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Re: Knee Cartlidge Wear
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2004, 01:43:46 PM »
Two more options are microfracture (which is what I have had TWICE) on my medial femoral chondyle or there is allograft transplant (which is my next surgery if the microfracture wears out) You dont say which part of your cartiledge is damaged. Is it articular or meniscus or what? the options I mentioned are for articular cartiledge damage.
best of luck with you knee

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Re: Knee Cartlidge Wear
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2004, 11:11:00 PM »
Thanks for your replies, lots of big words there I really dont know about.  ???

Was disappointed with the GP as he basically said "tough luck".

Going to see another GP tomorrow and if need be find out more about what is wrong, names etc.  Failing that a knee specialist.  :)

I'm only 36 years old so this surely cant be the end of my running days?  :'(

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Re: Knee Cartlidge Wear
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2004, 08:46:21 AM »
If you're getting pain even while walking now mate, personally, I'd stop jogging completely at the moment until you get a better idea of the extent of the injury - seriously - it's not worth exacerbating the problem with high-impact excercise at the moment - once you know a little more from your doctor/OS then re-evaluate the situation.

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Re: Knee Cartlidge Wear
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2004, 03:47:59 PM »
You should probably see a knee specialist. The knee is very complicated and most GPs don't know how to treat them. And I agree, if running is hurting your knee, then don't do it. It seems simple to me. You don't want to do more damage until you find out what is really going on and what your treatment options are.

As for the difference between the types of cartilege: Articular cartilege is the stuff that covers the ends of your bones. Meniscus is the discs of cartilege that cushion between the femur and tibia/fibula. When most people say they have cartilege damage, they mean the meniscus. It is important to know if your damage is to the meniscus or the articular cartilege. Once the articular cartilege wears away, you are bone on bone. The cartilege does not repair itself, so that's why we say to limit your activity until you really know what is happening.

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Re: Knee Cartlidge Wear
« Reply #6 on: November 29, 2004, 12:11:45 PM »
Cheers guys really appreciate your advise.

My regular GP has refered me to the local hospital and knee specialist.

Will let you know what he/she says.  I have stopped and CV in the gym for last two weeks, taking pain killers is helping.















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