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Archive for July 9th, 2010

Knee Cartilage

Cartilage is a cushion beween your bones.  It is slippery and designed to make your joints move easily.  The human knee has two types of cartilage: fibrous and hyaline.  The meniscus is made of fibrous cartilage and acts like a shock absorber.  Hyaline cartilage is strong and slippery  – it covers the bony surfaces.

Osteoarthritis effects both hyaline and fibrous cartilage.  It is a natural part of aging and occurs when the cartilage wears out.