Knee Cartilage: Why Your Knee Needs It

Living an active lifestyle means you’re going to get a few bumps and bruises from time to time. Often, the most frequent instances of joint pain occur in the knees. If you’ve sustained a knee injury or you have arthritis in your knees, you’re no stranger to knee pain. Cartilage is the first line of defense in protecting your knees from life’s little bumps.

What does knee cartilage do?
Your knees need cartilage to keep your femur and tibia from grinding against each other. The ligaments and cartilage in the knee help insulate, stabilize and protect your knees. There’s not just one kind of cartilage in the knee. There’s the meniscus cartilage that sits between the femur and tibia. There’s also articular cartilage that covers the ends of the bones. The medial and lateral menisci in the knee protect the articular cartilage and to absorb shock.

How does cartilage damage occur?
Damage to knee cartilage can occur due to obesity, aging, impact injuries, overuse, medications or degenerative conditions like osteoarthritis. If there’s cartilage damage to the knee, you could feel pain when you put pressure on, pivot, turn or twist your knee. If you’re experiencing any pain in your knee, consult your physician.

What are my options?
The bad news is that cartilage tissue doesn’t regenerate itself after injuries like bone or skin tissue. Too often, people turn to costly joint replacement surgery because it’s the only option they are aware of. Joint replacement doesn’t always alleviate joint pain, and it is not the only option. Rarely should replacement be your first choice. The good news is that innovative arthroscopic procedures and stem cell treatments have the power to help regenerate damaged cartilage to restore your natural joint function.

How we can help
At Advanced Regenerative Orthopedics (ARO), we understand how important your mobility is to you. We specialize in treating conditions of the knee, hip and shoulder. The expert surgeons and physicians at ARO employ a special 3-day process, a unique combination of arthroscopy, denervation and regenerative medicine to preserve and heal your natural joint and get you back to your active lifestyle. Contact us now to learn how we can help.