Many people have heard of torn cartilage and most tend to think of it as damage to the shock absorber or meniscus cartilage in the knee. This can be confusing or misleading as the difference between types of cartilage isn’t common knowledge.
Articular cartilage is the “smooth Teflon lining” of the knee joint that coats all the gliding surfaces and makes the knee joint slippery and smooth. In its optimal state, it functions very efficiently for the mechanics of the knee joint.
Unfortunately, it can be damaged, and when this smooth articular cartilage is damaged, it can be a much bigger problem than when the C-shaped shock absorber – meniscus cartilage – is torn.
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