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Can you regrow cartilage in your knee?

Regrowth of damaged cartilage is a new area of research. It is possible to implant healthy cartilage cells into the bone beneath the damaged area of cartilage. In some cases, these cells are able to attach to the underlying bone and form new cartilage. 

Another new technique is “microfracturing,” in which small breaks are made on the surface of the bone, which promotes blood flow to that area. This increased blood flow can stimulate the growth of cartilage. 

These methods are still new and are being studied; they are not ideal for all patients, and their use has many limitations. The actual ability to regrow cartilage varies widely between patients and depends heavily on the nature of your injury and any other medical conditions you may have.

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