Cartilage has several functions in the human body:
There are several types of cartilage. These include:
Elastic Cartilage – this makes up the outside of the ears, some of the nose and the trachea (windpipe). Fibro Cartilage – found between the discs (vertebrae) of the spine and between the bones of the hips and pelvis Articular (hyaline) Cartilage – the smooth tissue covering the ends of bones
Patients with damage to the cartilage in a joint (articular cartilage damage) will experience:
patients with cartilage damage for both pre- and post-operative stages of rehab.Physiotherapy treatments are often provided after the surgery in order to help decrease stiffness and pain and assist in returning the individual to complete independence and a more active lifestyle.
The most important time in the initial management of a cartilage injury is the first 24–48 hours.
Exercise programmes can also be developed if it is decided that your cartilage is to be managed conservatively (non-operative). Other treatments may include:
Rehabilitation :- Developing strong muscles stabilises the joint which helps to reduce the risk of cartilage damage.