Cartilage & Arthritis
Cartilage damage aftercare - Dr. Michael Lehmann
Following surgical procedures to treat cartilage damage, professional aftercare is essential and should be supervised by an experienced specialist. On the one hand, the joints should not be stressed too early, while on the other correctly gauged joint stress can be needed, for example after cartilage cell transplantations, to ensure the maturity and optimum nutrition of the young cartilage cells. Continuous passive motion machines are extremely useful, as they allow the affected joint to be slowly moved in accordance with precise instructions.
Low-impact sports are advised after cartilage damage
To support the healing process, low-impact types of sport such as cycling or swimming are recommended. On the other hand, high-impact types of sport such as squash, tennis, football and even jogging should be strictly avoided during the initial recovery period.