Can You Regrow Cartilage?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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Can damaged cartilage grow back?

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.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018