Beware…When you damage cartilage it doesn’t recover

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Beware…When you damage cartilage it doesn’t recover



When joint cartilage is damaged, it begins to degrade and form cracks, called fibrillations. If severe enough, the cartilage damage can expose underlying bone. Why does this happen. Well… it’s because cartilage lacks a blood supply. It can’t supply stem cells from the blood or bone marrow to help with healing. Even cartilage cells-the chondrocytes- really can’t move to help since they’re trapped inside their matrix. So… bottom line, once cartilage is injured, unless something is done to provide it with cells to heal, it will continue to degrade. This is the bad news. The good news is that stem cells can repair cartilage damage when administered properly.
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