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Why Cartilage Heals Slowly: The Role of Blood Supply in Tissue Repair

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QUESTION:

Why is cartilage slow to heal?

a. because it eventually develops into bone

b. because it is semi-solid and flexible

c. because it does not have a blood supply

d. because endochondral ossification replaces all cartilage with bone

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Why Cartilage Heals Slowly: The Role of Blood Supply in Tissue Repair
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Discover the unique characteristics of cartilage, its critical roles in the human body, and the reasons behind its slow healing rate. Uncover myths and gain clarity on the essential factors influencing cartilage repair.

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QUESTION:

Why is cartilage slow to heal?

a. because it eventually develops into bone

b. because it is semi-solid and flexible

c. because it does not have a blood supply

d. because endochondral ossification replaces all cartilage with bone

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The flexible connective tissues in the bones and joints are called cartilage. Cartilage is a strong tissue and protects bones and joints. But when it comes to healing, cartilage has a peculiar characteristic: it heals significantly more slowly than other tissues. Let's explore why.

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