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Any tips for breaking down internal scar tissue?

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Created May 19, 2010 at 3:34 AM

I accidentally sliced the top side of my thumb with a knife a few weeks back. The cut was deep, right at the joint, and bled like crazy. It has now healed, but has left behind a big solid bump under the skin which I assume is scar tissue. Because of this apparent scar tissue, this thumb is now less flexible than the other (e.g., can't bend as much).

So my question is: does anybody know of any foods, topical treatments, supplements, etc. which may be helpful in breaking down subcutaneous scar tissue (under the skin)?

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2485 · January 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I think with a thumb injury that maybe a superball might be preferable to a foam roller or tennis ball, just due to the size.

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642 · May 22, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Also, the reason I cut my thumb in the first place was because my knife slipped while cutting up some chicken bones. Then I bled for thirty minutes straight. If that doesn't count as paleo, then I don't know what does!

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642 · May 22, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Allow me to rephrase the question: how might "Grok" deal with scar tissue? I imagine scars were prevalent in paleolithic times and that simple treatments in the form of paleo foods (bone broth for collagen?), paleo topical treatments (palm oil for vitamin E?), and/or paleo supplements (vitamin D/sunlight?) may have been used, or at any rate, may be used now as an alternative to neolithic drugs. I think it's fair to ask if anyone has had success using a paleo approach to this problem.

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10502 · May 20, 2010 at 6:04 PM

This doesn't have anything to do with Paleo. Let's avoid questions like this in the future.

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2759 · May 19, 2010 at 2:40 PM

*"Gauge your results, and keep going as necessary."* Excellent advice in oh-so-many pursuits. I might change "necessary" to "appropriate" - thanks!

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830 · July 11, 2010 at 3:57 PM

The best way to break down scar tissue is to massage the area, like LiveForIt suggested.

Two summers ago, I had a nasty bicycle fall. Among my injuries was the scraping of the first joint (nearest the finger tip) of four fingers along the pavement. The skin was torn/rubbed right off, and I could almost see the bone.

After my fingers' skin had healed, the joints were missing a lot of flexibility. This was because there was a large scar on top of each joint, and the skin was very tight.

However, after a few months, I noticed that the joints were more flexible. They weren't perfect, but the improvement was definitely noticable.

I don't know when I regained full flexibility in them, but I have. It might've been 6, 9, or 12 months after the injury.

Regardless, the flexibility returned because I used the joints day in, day out. Do the same, and I'm sure you'll regain full flexibility.

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24523 · September 10, 2010 at 4:24 AM

Late answer, but oh well:

Bromelain, Active Release Technique, Vitalzym, and basement membranes extracted from pig's bladder. They all are purported to help this issue. The latter is only available at select cartilage regrowth labs, such as at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine.

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22913 · May 19, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Get a foam roller or a tennis ball and self massage, cheaper and more specific to your problems

For my hands I just use my other hand to dig in at it if it become uncomfortable stop and stretch it out 30 seconds a day, flexibility will grow

supplement wise you have glucosamine but honestly follow paleo- balance your omega 3 to 6 and increase your anti inflammatory foods

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2485 · January 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

I think with a thumb injury that maybe a superball might be preferable to a foam roller or tennis ball, just due to the size.

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1693 · May 19, 2010 at 11:12 AM

I'd try a couple sessions with a massage therapist, and get a Deep Tissue Massage on all of your hand, not just the area with the scar tissue. Everything.

Gauge your results, and keep going as necessary.

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2759 · May 19, 2010 at 2:40 PM

*"Gauge your results, and keep going as necessary."* Excellent advice in oh-so-many pursuits. I might change "necessary" to "appropriate" - thanks!

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0 · May 08, 2014 at 3:04 AM

Dear Sir/Madame,
I would like to seek an advice regarding my injury. To give you a brief history of my injury, I'm 50 yrs old and last July 2012, I underwent an arthroscopic minesectomy on my right knee due to miniscus tear. Unfortunately, after 3 days, it acquired an interobacter that needs open surgeries to remove the bacteria, 3 surgeries was done for a week and antibiotics were advised to reduce the infection. After the wound had healed I was advised to have a physical therapy atleast 2 times a week. After less than a month, I decided to get back to work with my crutches and visited my therapist only on Saturdays. After so many months, I decided to have another MRI since I still can not bend my knees. It was found that my right knee have lateral and medial tears, so it was not advised to have an agressive therapy. Until now my knee has not able to bend atleast 30 degrees. I have a difficulty in walking.Please give me advice on what to do on my own since I can not afford to spend more, I had a huge hospital bill settled before.Is there hope that I could walk better?
Thank you very much.
Eduardo S. Manuel
Quezon City, Philippines
esmanuel@psalm.gov.ph
esmanuel221@yahoo.com

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0 · May 08, 2014 at 3:03 AM

Dear Sir/Madame, I would like to seek an advice regarding my injury. To give you a brief history of my injury, I'm 50 yrs old and last July 2012, I underwent an arthroscopic minesectomy on my right knee due to miniscus tear. Unfortunately, after 3 days, it acquired an interobacter that needs open surgeries to remove the bacteria, 3 surgeries was done for a week and antibiotics were advised to reduce the infection. After the wound had healed I was advised to have a physical therapy atleast 2 times a week. After less than a month, I decided to get back to work with my crutches and visited my therapist only on Saturdays. After so many months, I decided to have another MRI since I still can not bend my knees. It was found that my right knee have lateral and medial tears, so it was not advised to have an agressive therapy. Until now my knee has not able to bend atleast 30 degrees. I have a difficulty in walking.Please give me advice on what to do on my own since I can not afford to spend more, I had a huge hospital bill settled before.Is there hope that I could walk better?

Thank you very much.

Eduardo S. Manuel Quezon City, Philippines esmanuel@psalm.gov.ph esmanuel221@yahoo.com

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0 · July 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Laura,

You can also try this supplement made from avocado, called Avogen. It breaks down internal and external scar tissue, fairly rapidly, without any side effects. You take 1 capsule a day. It corrects the source of the scarring which is excessive crosslinking (a twisting and hardening of protein strands/tissues) in the extracellular matrix (ECM). ECM covers all the organs, joints, muscles of the body. It works on any ECM-related condition such as acne scarring, surgical scars, adhesions, small bowel obstructions due to adhesion, endometriosis, capsular contractures, and osteoarthritis, among others. Personally, I've used it to correct acne scarring, and it's worked great for me. A side benefit is that your skin and hair becomes softer and healthier too, which is not surprising since it is avocado based.

So if everything fails, you can try this. Good luck

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0 · June 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Is the DMSO with allantoin at 2% concentration a 50/50 mix of DMSO to allantoin? I am wanting to try this for internal and external scar tissue on my carpal bones and wrist area. I have had two surgeries in this area so have scar tissue inside and out. Please let me know ASAP so I can make mixture up and get started.

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11204 · January 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Well, the next time you slice your finger open, get a bottle of Wobenzym or other enzyme product.
I managed to slice my index finger open with a double-sided razor blade that I had put in the wrong place. It healed up nicely, but I started the enzymes while the cut was fresh.

Enzymes and some fasting (to turn on autophagy) might help you a little, but I doubt the results would be worth the expense. I've got other scars that haven't budged even though I've tried Wobenzym for different reasons for three times now.

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0 · January 10, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Combine DMSO with allantoin at 2%-3% concentration. Apply daily, it will likely remove the scar as well as any internal scarring. Allantoin is a keratolytic, it will soften and break down keratinized cells and loosen the scar tissue so that it may be removed by the body.

Also, the DMSO is a penetrating enhancer; to get below the surface.

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942 · February 26, 2011 at 3:34 PM

MSM -- Well, it’s an ingestible Sulfur compound, so it has this keen ability to dissolve calcification/scar tissue in the body and relieve inflammation. In the body, MSM softens leathery internal tissues by rebuilding connective tissue with elastic sulfur bonds. In this way, MSM lives up to its reputation for building collagen and maintaining healthy joints. This is also why MSM works to: increases flexibility, hastens recovery time, anything from sore muscles to surgery and supports excellent recovery rates from athletic injuries

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22913 · September 10, 2010 at 5:32 PM

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