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Doctor insights on: Why Can Bone Injuries Heal More Quickly Than Injuries To Cartilage

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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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Why can bone injuries heal much more rapidly than injuries to cartilage?

Why can bone injuries heal much more rapidly than injuries to cartilage?

Rich blood supply: Because of the lack of blood supply to cartilage, (a new technique to hasten healing of injuries is to introduce fresh blood flow into the area) whereas the marrow in bones actually produce red blood cells, and bones are actually a honeycomb like structure, and they are constantly being taken apart, and rebuilt, microscopic bit by bit. ...Read more

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Why is it that bone injuries heal faster than cartilage injury?

Why is it that bone injuries heal faster than cartilage injury?

Cell Growth: Cartilage cells, especially the articular cartilage type, are very slow growing cells so they are also very easily damaged and with enough damage these cells die and are replaced with a type of scar tissue that is not a perfect replacement. Bone on the other hand continues to remodel and can ultimately be fully restored. ...Read more

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Which of these two tissue types do you think would heal faster following an injury? (a) cartilage or bone?

Which of these two tissue types do you think would heal faster following an injury? (a) cartilage or bone?

Always cartilage: The stages of healing bone fractures are: blood clots are organized by chondroblast cells into cartilage. Then invading osteoblasts convert the cartilage in bone structure; which is constantly being remodeled by both osteoclast & osteoblast cells; influenced by blood flow; physical stress loads, etc. Yet many genetic, epigenetic; physiologic controls remain poorly understood. ...Read more

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Why does bone heal faster than cartilage?

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. ...Read more

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Help please? How long does a bone and cartilage chip take to heal?

Help please? How long does a bone and cartilage chip take to heal?

12-16 weeks: Depends on location and the age of the patient. Tenderness could take many months to clear. ...Read more

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How do I know if I damaged bones such as (lesser alar cartilage) nose, other body parts? What are the clues? Will it heals to 100 percent on its own?

Damaged bones: A fractured nose may have a distorted shape, breathing through the nose may be difficult, nose may be bloody. Complete healing is doubtful. ...Read more

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Is regeneration of bones and cartilage of knees possible?

Is regeneration of bones and cartilage of knees possible?

No and Yes: Bones density can be improved by load bearing activity. However, cartilage cannot be restored except through advanced surgical techniques. ...Read more

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What is disorder of bone and cartilage?

What is disorder of bone and cartilage?

See link: Http://doctors-hospitals-medical-cape-town-south-africa. Blaauwberg. Net/details. Php? Id=754 provides long list of bone & cartilage disorders with links from each one for further information. ...Read more

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How to tell if my TMJ is due to cartilage/bone wear?

Only TMJ imaging: computed tomography (CT), or cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT) or arthrography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can support or reject the clinical findings of the "TMJ is due to cartilage/bone wear" diagnosis. See Orofacial Pain specialist near you for evaluation and imaging only if needed. ...Read more

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Does costal cartilage contain calcium like bones?

No: cartilage is cartilage and bone is bone. In children the costal cartilage will eventually ossify to bone usually by late teens or early adulthood. ...Read more

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For what reasons might a bone fracture be preferable to a torn ligament, or to damaged cartilage?

For what reasons might a bone fracture be preferable to a torn ligament, or to damaged cartilage?

As a fx can be seen: On a xray and its healing can be appreciated over a period of time. The ligaments or cartilage injuries can not be appreciated so well. A bad (severe) ligament injury can be worse than a fx, as they can take 3-4 months. It can be quite frustrating for the pt and the physician, as healing can not be appreciated fully. ...Read more

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Is there a way to regrow bone cartilage. If so how?

Is there a way to regrow bone cartilage. If so how?

Active area: Cartlidge is now able to be made I'm cultures and replaced into the joint. Look up gemzyme tissue repair. ...Read more

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Is it true that eating more cartilage (not in sharks) helps bone and joint health?

Is it true that eating more cartilage (not in sharks) helps bone and joint health?

Glucosamine: Glucosamine and chondroitin, two components of cartilage, are commonly used as supplements to help with bone and joint health. Although it has received a lot of popular acclaim, there has been little rigorous testing to see if it is effective. At best, it seems to be not harmful and might be helpful. Webmd has a pretty good article on the topic.
http://tinyurl. Com/htujoint. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my nasal bone seemingly the cartilage and appears a bit swollen. What could be the possible causes and solution?

I have a pain in my nasal bone seemingly the cartilage and appears a bit swollen. What could be the possible causes and solution?

IS it only nose: Other than nose is there any other cartilage swollen painful like ear, near joints. If not, one of the common conditions than can happen in nose is a small pustule /furuncle, by staph, streptococcus gp. Ideal is apply some hot compresses. If pain doesn't go away in next 24-36 hours or if you see redness/more swelling talk to your doctor as may need abx. Multiple cartilage invol- r/o polychonriti. ...Read more

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How do you know if you break or have broken your nose (bone or cartilage)? What are the clues you break it? What are the clues you have broken it?

Swelling, deformity: Certainly there are obvious signs of injury in such cases, but the only way to definitively identify a fracture is with x-ray. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Cortisol causes bone resorption, would it resorb my cheekbone implants made from rib cartilage?

Rib: You should see the doctor who did the cheekbone implants and see if there is any change.

A baseline bone density study would be in order but you would only need worry about your bones if the density T-score is more than -2.5. ...Read more

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Taking magnesium, phosphorus & calcium together be the strongest way to help protect bones and cartilage? If so, how long before it takes effect?

Taking magnesium, phosphorus & calcium together be the strongest way to help protect bones and cartilage? If so, how long before it takes effect?

Let me advise you: If you are healthy, and take normal diet, have normal activity, you should not need the supplements.
If you have some problems you have to see what it is and take your supplement accordingly. ...Read more

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What is the difference if you got hit on the nose, anyplace. How do you know if the bone or cartilage is broken or is it the nerves that is hurting?

What is the difference if you got hit on the nose, anyplace. How do you know if the bone or cartilage is broken or is it the nerves that is hurting?

Broken Nose: If the nose is hit/struck, a broken nose usually causes black eyes.
A broken nose is essentially not painful.
A very painful nose might be due to a localized staph infection and needs treatment. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...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