A KNEE OR HIP 'REPLACEMENT' WITHOUT SURGERY? It's on the horizon
With better drugs and stem-cell therapies, researchers hope to repair cartilage—or prevent damage—before osteoarthritis sets in or an operation is needed. Published 09/09/21
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A sports injury or trauma to cartilage around the knee, hip or shoulder joint can lead to osteoarthritis later in life—or, worse yet, the need for a new joint. So can the wear and tear that comes with age. One day, new drugs and stem-cell therapies may stop the degeneration before it starts.
Researchers are developing new techniques to protect, repair and regrow articular cartilage, the layer of connective tissue that covers the ends of bones and enables joints to move smoothly, to stop the progression of osteoarthritis and curb the need for joint replacement surgery. Click here to read full text