Doctor's Responses Archive

Viewer Question:

Can cartilage grow back as suggested by a current TV ad?

Doctor's Response:

In humans, there is essentially no repair of natural cartilage that has been injured. With deep cartilage injury, there can be a scar cartilage that forms. This scar cartilage is not the same quality of natural cartilage.

There is no medication or food supplement that promotes the re-growth of cartilage.

Thank you for your question.

Last Editorial Review: 2/4/2003

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