iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor
Damaged knee cartilage can be extremely painful and, if left untreated, it can spread to involve the bone in the knee joint. That, in turn, can eventually lead to painful and damaging osteoarthritis.
But there could be some hope. Researches in Switzerland performed a small study on 10 patients to see if nasal cartilage may help damaged knees. Results were promising, but preliminary.
Here’s my prescription:
If you’re a fan of jogging, consider running on a treadmill occasionally to lessen the pounding that can come from hitting the pavement.
Make sure your quads and your hips stay strong as well, and consider your knees like tires. They don’t last forever, so protect them as much as possible.
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