Cartilage Injuries

Cartilage is the tough, flexible tissue that covers the ends of your bones at a joint. It also gives shape and support to other parts of your body, such as the ears and nose. Healthy cartilage helps you move by allowing bones to glide over each other, and it protects bones by preventing them from rubbing against each other.

When cartilage is injured or inflamed, it can cause pain, swelling and limited movement. It can also lead to joint damage. The most common joints to suffer cartilage injuries are the knee, shoulder, elbow and hip.

Causes of cartilage problems include:

Osteoarthritis results from breakdown of cartilage.


Treatment options for injured cartilage include medication (anti-inflammatory and/or steroids), ice packs, injections or possibly surgery.
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