Cartilage: A Cushion For Your Bones

Your body s shock absorbers, just like a cars, can fail. When the miles pile up, heres how to keep them in tune.

Cartilage is amazing stuff. This slick, rubbery material cushions and protects the ends of bones, allowing them to roll, rotate and glide smoothly against and over each other. Cartilage is 85 percent water. It has no blood supply or nerves, yet it absorbs enormous forces as we walk, run, bend, or flex. Cartilage also has a memory; it can change form when under stress, then spring back to its original shape. …
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