There are several types of cartilage in your body. Cartilage is found in the supporting structure of your nose, ears, ribs, and on the surfaces of joints. A joint is a bending point where two bones meet. The knee, hip, and shoulder are the three largest joints.
The specialized covering on the ends of bones that meet (articulate) to form a joint is called hyaline or articular cartilage. It is the cartilage that wears when we overdo, age, or sustain an injury. Articular cartilage is unique in that it has no nerves or blood supply. This means that damage will not be felt until the covering wears down to bare underlying bone. Bone is very sensitive and the sharp pain of arthritis often comes from irritation of bone nerve endings.
Most importantly, since human tissue cannot heal without a blood supply, articular cartilage cannot repair itself.
If you’re young and active, cartilage injuries or defects can do more than just slow you down. If left untreated, they can lead to more serious disability and, in severe cases, early joint replacement.
Schedule a consultation with one of the specialists at TOCA today, and get ready to take the first step toward a pain-free life: 602-277-6211.