Re: knee pain - damage of sponge aorund the knee joint
What your doctor (is he an Orthopedic surgeon?) is referring to is the cartilage between the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia) that acts as a "shock absorber" for the knee, when you do high impact sports, do those quick maneuvers you mention, etc. Over time, the cartilage can wear down and you can get a tear that causes the pain. (especially if, like me, you were diagnosed with "end-stage" osteoarthritis in the knees.)
I had one arthroscope of each knee, but eventually the osteoarthritis wore away ALL of my cartilage in the knees and I had to have total knee replacements a year apart. (right knee - 4/5/11 and left knee - 3/23/12) I now have two stable knee prosthetics and am walking NORMALLY WITHOUT PAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVEN YEARS!!! My surgeon is the top joint replacement Orthopedic surgeon in my county and did a fantastic job on my knees! He also is the most kindhearted surgeon I've ever been under the care of in my ENTIRE LIFE FOR ANYTHING!!! I have been referring so many people to him (their request), that he now calls me his "Poster Child for his Practice"!
Calcium supplements won't help.
You need to go to an Orthopedic surgeon who specializes in arthroscopic repair and joint replacement surgery and have him or her do an MRI of your knees to find out what is really going on in both knees.
And no, there are no oils that you can take. Don't waste your money on those Glucosomine drinks that claim to help relieve joint pain in the knees. Most orthopedic surgeons will tell you NOT to bother with that stuff.
The only other knee cartilage treatment (only by prescription and has to be administered by an Orthopedic surgeon) is a drug called Synvisc and its synthetic cousin, Euflexxa. These are liquid cartilage injections that have to be given several times a year in a series of three injections each round and are very expensive. Also, most insurance companies will NOT cover these drugs because they've only been around a few years and don't have a long term proven success track record. Insurance companies would rather pay for either arthroscopic surgical repair OR, if the cartilage is completely gone because of severe osteoarthritis, $50,000 (per knee) total knee replacement surgery which has a 30+ year and 90%+ proven success track record!!!
Get yourself an Orthopedic surgeon who specializes in joint replacement surgery and go from there.
Let me know how you make out with this. If you have more questions, don't hesitate to ask me. As noted above, been there, done that, and I'm GLAD I DID!!!
Carol (2012 carol)