Features March 2003 Issue

Your Cartilage And How To Save It

How to salvage those joints when your body’s shock absorbers go bad.

Surgeons, challenged to find fresh ways to reestablish normal joint function, have come up with several solutions which may avert joint replacement surgery.

Among these are three relatively new procedures aimed at cartilage regeneration, says John Bergfeld, M.D., Director, Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. “At this point, we're treating arthritis symptoms–rather than curing arthritis–but these surgeries treat the symptoms well.” …

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