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Why Can Bone Injuries Heal More Quickly Than Injuries To Cartilage
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
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
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
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
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. ...Read more
12-16 weeks: Depends on location and the age of the patient. Tenderness could take many months to clear. ...Read more
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
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
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
Active area: Cartlidge is now able to be made I'm cultures and replaced into the joint. Look up gemzyme tissue repair. ...Read more
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
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
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
Taking magnesium, phosphorus & calcium together be the strongest way to help protect bones and cartilage? If so, how long before it takes effect?
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?
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
CARTILAGE &BONE ARE DIFFERENT TISSUES.
Articular cartilage occurs at the end of joints and is smooth surfaced and avascular. Cartilage is not bone, but is a surface onto which a bone may attach. Spongy Bone. Cancellous or trabecluar bone is found in the long bones of your body, e.g.vertebrae, limbs, and pelvis and contains bone marrow in a trabecular spiculated network resembling a sponge. ...Read more
Difficult: 100% recovery is unlikely - they can make a substantial recovery on their own. May need reconstruction. ...Read more
I have a thick nose below the bone. When I squeeze it, I can feel the cartilage buried deep beneath what seems like fat or inflammation.?
Recently shaved my head, noticed a small white spot or piece in the middle of the birth mark on the base of my head. Bone? Cartilage? Help, thnx!
Get it checked: It is very hard to say what the white spot on the scalp on the base of your head, middle of the birth mark. It is unlikely to be anything serious but since you are concerned, get it looked at by your Primary Care Doctor. ...Read more
I had septoplasty 3 weeks ago. When I look up one nostril I see white, which to me looks like bone and/or cartilage. Is this normal?
If your nose got hit, and it broke or got damaged, will it still have the same appearance, either the nose bone or the nose cartilage?
If it didn't move: If your nose was nondisplaced after the trauma it can heal with no cosmetic defect. ...Read more
Why does my nose cartilage hurt (the bottom of the bone)? I have pressed it, did I accidentally damage (busied it) but I did not press it so hard?
Hard to damage: Cartilage, since it's a bit more forgiving than bone. The base of the bone is what's connected to the skull, and you are probably alright, just experiencing some inflammation, and swelling from the bruise. If it continues, have it checked by your pcp, so you can manage the pain. Meanwhile, if it's acute, ice packs help decompress inflammation and pain. ...Read more
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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