Joint cartilage is “mechanosensitive” – it responds to motion and load to both maintain its health and improve it. The cells responsible for helping injured cartilage heal only “speak” to each other once force is applied. This is in contrast to, for example, the skin where blood is plentiful and cellular communication almost instant. The key for cartilage to heal, once injured, is finding the proper amount of motion and load.
- As body tissues go, cartilage is fairly isolated.
- Doctors usually consider it to be functionally inert- if it breaks down, you’re out of luck, they say.
- Fortunately, you can follow these 13 easy tips to keep your cartilage safe from damage and degeneration.
“Most health and fitness writers don’t spend a lot of time on cartilage. As tissues go, it’s fairly isolated. It doesn’t contain blood vessels, so we can’t deliver blood-borne nutrients to heal and grow it.”