Cartilage damage ranks highly as a relatively common form of injury. Cartilage damage occurs most often in the knees, although it can also affect other joints such hips, ankles and elbows.

You can find Cartilage throughout the body as a tough, flexible tissue covering the surface of joints. Cartilage acts as a shock absorber and allows bones to glide smoothly over each other.

Cartilage can suffer damage due to sudden injuries, such as a sports injury, or through more gradual wear and tear over the course of one’s life (osteoarthritis).

In most cases, minor cartilage injuries can heal on their own after a few weeks, but severe cartilage damage may eventually require surgery.