Cartilage is needed to allow the joints in the body to function properly. Cartilage is the rubbery substance that covers the ends of bones that are connected in joints. The cartilage prevents friction between the bones as they move, but it can wear away due to repetitive movement, aging, injury and disease. Cartilage is one of the few tissues in the body that does not repair itself – once it is gone, the joint is stiff and painful. Cartilage restoration is one of the cutting-edge treatment options available through Jonathan L. Glashow, MD in Miami, FL, to repair damaged cartilage.
Since cartilage does not regenerate on its own, joints with damaged or worn away cartilage can become dysfunctional. Osteoarthritis is the most common cause of destroyed cartilage, especially in the knee joints. The joints become swollen due to the inflammation from the bone friction. Once the cartilage is gone, replacing the joint is often the only treatment option to restore mobility and reduce pain.
Cartilage restoration is a preventive method to delay or avoid the need for joint replacement surgery. These methods stimulate cartilage regeneration or replace damaged cartilage.
Treatments for Painful Joints
When cartilage loss causes stiff or painful joints, cartilage restoration may be an option for some patients. Dr. Glashow utilizes cutting-edge medical technology and methods to offer innovative treatments to restore joint movement while limiting pain. The following cartilage restoration procedures are available through Dr. Glashow and his medical team in Miami:
If you have been experiencing stiff and painful joints, especially the knees, there are treatment options. Lost cartilage does not always mean you need a joint replacement procedure. Many patients are able to restore joint function and control pain with cartilage restoration treatments.
To learn more about repairing or replacing damaged cartilage for improved joint function, contact the office of Jonathan L. Glashow, MD in Miami, FL. Our team can schedule a cartilage restoration consultation with Dr. Glashow or one of his associates to discuss whether you are a good candidate for one of these procedures.