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Doctor insights on: Articular Cartilage Injuries

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What is the function of articular cartilage?

What is the function of articular cartilage?

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. ...Read more

Cartilage (Definition)

Cartilage is a specialized type of tissue found in joints and areas that two bones come together. It is made up of specialized cells that live in the midst of proteins and sugars that absorb and release water similar to a sponge. Healthy cartilage helps decrease friction in joints, absorbs shock and protects the ends of the bone. Degradation of ...Read more


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What type of cartilage makes the articular cartilage?

Mainly Hyaline: Hyaline w some fibrous at attachment to bone. ...Read more

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Which type of cartilage makes up the articular cartilage?

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. ...Read more

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What can positively affect the health of our articular cartilage?

What can positively affect the health of our articular cartilage?

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 ...Read more

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Difference between articular cartilage and condyles?

Difference between articular cartilage and condyles?

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"). ...Read more

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Did exercise help or hinder your recovery from articular cartilage repair?

Help: Motion of effected joint and nonimpact activity appear to be valuable for cartilage nutrition and recovery from restoration procedures. By nonimpact I am referring to activities like swimming, cycling, walking which are safe in intermediate stages( 3 mos to 6-8 mos) after such procedures. Higher impact activites probably shouldn't even be considered until 10-12 mos post operatively. ...Read more

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Whats does generalised signal heterogeneity within the articular cartilage mean?

Not uniform: Just means that the cartilage looks different in different areas, it does not have a consistent appearance throughout the whole area of cartilage. It could be due to a number of factors. Talk to your doctor about what it means in your situation. ...Read more

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How does articular cartilage differ in appearance from spongy bone?

How does articular cartilage differ in appearance from spongy bone?

Lots: For the most part (with exceptions) articulate cartilage is found at the terminal end of a bone with intent to articulate with the other bone also having articular cartilage. Cartilage is cartilage and bone is bone. Articular cartilages lie over some spongy bone and bone gets more dense further down. The cartilage helps to protect the bone, lubricates, absorbs impact. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more