Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Why knee injuries often don’t heal
If you fall on the ski slopes or slip on a patch of ice, you’ll probably be better off if you break your leg than if you rip the cartilage in your knee. Unlike bones, your cartilage is never going regrow or heal, according to a new study based in part on fallout from past nuclear explosions.
As plenty of athletes and weekend warriors can attest, damaged knee cartilage is reluctant to mend. But because measuring cartilage turnover is difficult, researchers have never been sure whether adults replace any of the material.
"You need to take care of your joints while you are young, once you have damage to the cartilage, it’s not going to repair itself.”Source & further reading:http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/07/why-knee-injuries-often-don-t-heal