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Dr. Vasu Brown
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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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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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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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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 ; stress loads. Yet many genetic, epigenetic ; physiologic controls remain poorly understood. ...Read more

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Dr. Vivek Agrawal
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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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Dr. Roger Palutsis
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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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Dr. Oscar Novick
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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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Dr. Anya Kishinevsky
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How much will a broken nose bone or nose cartilage hurt? How much will the nerves on the nose bone and cartilage hurt? Which one is more painful?

How much will a broken nose bone or nose cartilage hurt? How much will the nerves on the nose bone and cartilage hurt? Which one is more painful?

It is painful: Fracturing the bone is more painful than fracturing the cartilage. Whether it's due to trauma or nasal surgery, you would be given pain medication that you would take for 4-5 days, on average, to make you more comfortable. You would also have a lot of swelling, so ice and elevation of the head will help as well. A soft diet will be necessary for one week. ...Read more

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Dr. Hal Blatman
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Wrist bone contusion plus torn wrist cartilage tfcc. X ray shows my injuried wrist bones too close to each other. What can I do?

Wrist bone contusion plus torn wrist cartilage tfcc. X ray shows my injuried wrist bones too close to each other.  What can I do?

Grow cartilage: Most doctors do not believe, but we actually grow new cartilage in every joint in our body, every minute of every day. You need to wear out more slowly, and grow cartilage more quickly. Glucosamine works, but for the wrist needs to be given through skin by cream, or by injection. Oral pills do not work except for knees. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com. ...Read more

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
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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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Dr. Paul Grin
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How to tell if my TMJ is due to cartilage/bone wear?

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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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)

Injuries is also known as Injuries and wounds. 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


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