Making new cartilage from stem cells
Making new cartilage from stem cells | Penn Current
An interesting approach to stem cell use to address cartilage repair, our approach would be different.
Cartilage is the tough but flexible tissue that covers the ends of your bones at a joint and supports other parts of your body. Healthy cartilage protects bones by preventing them from rubbing against each other. Cartilage injuries have ended many athletes’ careers—including that of former two-sport star Bo Jackson—and the general wear-and-tear of the joint-cushioning tissue is something that almost everyone will endure as they age. Unfortunately, repairing cartilage remains difficult: Without blood flowing through it, cartilage has a hard time healing on its own and no chance of regenerating once it’s gone.
William D. Murrell, MD
Consultant Orthopaedic Sports Medicine