Cartilage is a tough, flexible tissue found throughout the body. Cartilage acts as a shock absorber covering the surface of joints and allowing bones to slide over one another -reducing friction and preventing damage. The one disadvantage of cartilage is that unlike other types of tissue, it does not have a blood supply. Since blood cells help repair tissue damage, the damaged cartilage may not heal quickly or at all. One of the most common, and potentially serious, types of cartilage damage occurs in the articular cartilage between joints.
Symptoms of articular cartilage damage include swelling, joint pain, stiffness and decreased range of movement in the affected joint and joints that lock or catch. The pain may prevent involvement in normal activities.
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