Knee arthritis and cartilage wear has traditionally been considered an uncurable condition. In fact, the only consistently successful treatment whas a total knee replacement. Although knee replacements are a good option for severe arthritis, they require a large surgery, a prolonged recorvery course, and are usually associated with temporary, but significant, postoperative pain. Fortunately, advances in medical knowledge and technology have produced some very promising non-surgical treatments for knee arthritis. While there may not be a cure for arthritis yet, many of these treatments have shown potential to delay the need for knee replacement surgery.
Overview Articular cartilage is the material that lines the ends of bones within the joint. It provides lubrication and protection to the underlying bone, and allows smooth motion of the joint. Cartilage has poor blood supply, and once injured, it does not heal readily. Traditionally, there were very few successful treatments for cartilage damage except […]