Do anabolic steroids boost growth?

Posted on Tue, 16 Jun 2015 in Back Pain
Question: Dear Doctor, I had some anobilc steroids to boost my growth.

i have a concern that it caused my bones and knee cartilage to grow, and since knee cartilage collagen is long lived, it means the steroids has had a permanent impact. What would your advise be about this?

Thanks and Best Regards
Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi 11 minutes later
Brief Answer:
steroids lead to uncontrollable cell growth.

Detailed Answer:
I have read your query.
Anabolic steroids lead to uncontrolled cell growth.
So though there is cartilage formation,but quality of cartilage is weak.
These cartilage will have wear and tear early as compared to normal.
Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, salad and juices to reduce side effects of steroid.
I hope I have answered your questions. If you have further questions please feel free to contact us. I will be happy to answer. Take care.
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Is the cartilage formation renewable? Whats the turnover rate/degradation rate?

I just want to be free from steroid-formed cartilage and wish its been replaced by now hopefully. Please can you advise?

Thanks and Best Regards
Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Cartilage formation is not renewable.

Detailed Answer:
Hello again,

Cartilage formation is not renewable.Its same for life time ones completed after adult age.

Usually degeneration starts by age of 48 to 50 yrs.

Degeneration rate depends on thickness of cartilage ,strength and its use.

Keep doing joint range of motion exercises to keep your cartilage and joint healthy.

I hope I have answered your questions. If you have further questions please feel free to contact us. I will be happy to answer. Take care
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