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Cartilage (Overview)

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 cartilage is called arthritis.


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Is taking shark cartilage safe?

Is taking shark cartilage safe?

Perhaps?: But I am not aware of any indication or benefit. With the worlds shark population down 90%, it wouldn't be high on my list of complementary or alternative therapies and only if I were sure it would be saving my life of markedly improving my daily life or comfort. Reconsider! ...Read more

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Cartilage (Overview)

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 cartilage is called arthritis.


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What is the function of shark cartilage?

What is the function of shark cartilage?

None: Sharks don't get cancer so various sources sold shark cartilage in a pill. How this was to treat cancer or prevent it has no merit or obvious reasoning. ...Read more

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How are baby and adult cartilage different?

Cell numbers: Young cartilage has more cells per volume. The cells make and support the surrounding material (extracellular matrix) that is key for overall cartilage function. They have the ability to make this extracellular matrix more robustly. There are interesting additional findings in the work by isto (st. Louis company). We presented data on our multicenter juvenile cartilage trial at aana april 2013. ...Read more

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Is shark cartilage good for anything really?

Is shark cartilage good for anything really?

Social Status: Medicinal claims associated with shark fin (cartilage) have not been scientifically substantiated at this time. There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. Because shark fin is very expensive, eating it is considered a status symbol for some asians. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of taking shark cartilages?

What are the benefits of taking shark cartilages?

Controversy - toxins: Shark fin soup, made from the cartilaginous pectoral & dorsal fins of shark, has been in use since at least the ming dynasty in china. It is used medicinally in china to lower cholesterol & to combat cancer & heart disease but it's benefits are controversial. There is a health risk in ingesting shark fins. It is a predator fish with of high levels of bmaa (neurotoxin), arsenic & methylmercury. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can do about cartilage problems?

Is there anything I can do about cartilage problems?

Repair: Depends on which type and what joint. Meniscus cartilages can be repaired or replaced, articular cartilage can be grafted with a paste graft technique if worn down to bone or smoothed surgically. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: cartilage?

What is the definition or description of: cartilage?

See below: 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 cartilage is called arthritis. ...Read more

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Which type of procedures do they do on cartilage tears?

Which type of procedures do they do on cartilage tears?

Treatments specific: Meniscal cartilage tears in older individuals may often be treated nonoperatively. In younger individuals, the goal is repair though some meniscal teas in poorly vascular areas are difficult to heal. Many of these procedures are performed arthroscopically. Your doctor can discuss your MRI findings, your personal goals and the best specific treatment for your personal circumstances. ...Read more

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What can I do if my cartilage really hurts, what should I do?

What can I do if my cartilage really hurts, what should I do?

Cartilage: No Nerves: There are two types of knee cartilage: articular, which covers the ends of the bones in the joint and meniscal, which are the two pads of tissue between the femur and tibia.

Articular cartilage has no nerves and meniscal cartilage innervation is predominantly around the peripheral attachment to the capsule.

The first step is to identify where the pain is originating: see a knee specialist. ...Read more

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Are degenerative cartilage and chrondromalicia the same condition?

Yes: "chondro" = cartilage and "malacia" = bad. Thus "chondromalacia" = bad cartilage. This is a term used to describe damaged or degenerated cartilage. Although some causes of chondromalacia may not be degenerative in nature, typically these two terms are used interchangeably. ...Read more

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Barriers to injecting cartilage instead of tkr–dr.' s profits?

Cartilage injections: As of this date the technology does not exist for us to inject cartilage into the joint and give patients any lasting real relief. Total joint replacements are the hold standard technique for giving patient long lasting improved motion and pain relief. ...Read more

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What are the holes in the cartilages of the throat called?

The airway: There are three major cartilage structures in the throat: the laryngeal or thyroid cartilage, the cricoid cartilage and the epiglottis. The epiglottis doesn't have any holes in it. In fact, when you swallow, it covers the larynx and protects the the airway, the "hole." The thyroid cartilage houses the voice box and includes the epiglottis. The cricoid is just below the larynx. ...Read more

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Can cartilage be rebuilt if injured?

Can cartilage be rebuilt if injured?

Cartilage: Certain cartilage injuries can be rebuilt with cartilage transplants or a microfracture technique. ...Read more

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Can softening of cartilage be reversed?

Cartilage Healing: The articular cartilage has a blunted ability to heal. Softening of the cartilage is the first phase of cartilage deterioration. Clinically, there is no proven means to reverse the softening. However, there are theoretical possibilities to stimulate cartilage healing, e.g., electromagnetic, such as the ceruleau probe and bionicare knee system--i am not endorsing either product. ...Read more

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Can a shoulder stop producing cartilage?

Can a shoulder stop producing cartilage?

Cartilage repair: Yes. In arthritis the cartilage is often worn away and not replaced. Nutrition for the cartilage includes glucosamine and ha injections. Surgery can repair and sometimes generate regrowth of some cartilage repair tissue. ...Read more

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