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what is the function of articular cartilage?

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Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 44 years experience
I'll articulate: There are several reasons for the articular cartilage, depending on the location. Generally though it reduces friction, reduces stress on the underlining bone and helps equalize the load bearing pressure.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Difference between articular cartilage and condyles?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Definitions: Articular cartilage refers to the lining of the bones in a joint (such as the knee, hip, shoulder, and wrist). It is an amazing dynamic structure that cushions the joint while allowing it to move freely. Condyles refer to anatomic parts of bones that look like rounded pegs (examples are the femoral condyle of the knees. Elbows, fingers, and toe joints also have "condyles").
A 36-year-old member asked:

Which type of cartilage makes up the articular cartilage?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Hyaline cartilage: Articular cartilage is made up of Type II Hyaline cartilage which is topographically quite complex in its structural makeup making it uniquely capable of providing a very smooth gliding surface for joints.
A 51-year-old member asked:

What can positively affect the health of our articular cartilage?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Motion, weight loss: Motion (via non-impact aerobic exercise- walking, biking, swimming) definitely helps maintain the functionality of articular cartilage. Decreased load across a weight bearing joint (e.g. knee) via weight loss is also a major help toward improving the health of articular cartilage

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