A 44-year-old member asked:
Between cartilage and bone which one heals faster?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Hadfieldanswered
Podiatry 15 years experience
Bone: Because bone has marrow in it (which produces the body's healing cells), it heals much more quickly than joint cartilage. Once joint cartilage is damaged, it is never quite the same and the type that grows back is not as smooth or as strong as the original. Bones heal with a great deal of strength, and are in fact stronger in the place they heal than the surrounding bone.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Why does bone heal faster than cartilage?
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Dr. Roger Palutsisanswered
Sports Medicine 38 years experience
Regeneration: The answer is simple: your bone can regenerate whereas cartilage cannot. Once the cartilage is gone, it is gone. It can only be replaced by a live transplant.
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Last updated Jan 19, 2018
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