It is worth knowing the health cycle of ligaments and cartilage to understand that healing of ligaments, tendons and cartilage is a long slow process. Expectations for rapid healing should be replaced with a good long-term wellness restoration plan. Why?
The turnover time (or half-life) of ligaments and cartilage is about one to two years. This means that about half of the cartilage or ligaments is regenerated about every 300 to 700 days. This is a very, very slow rate, given that most of our body recreates itself cell-by-cell within 30-90 days! Furthermore, if optimal remodeling of an injured ligament or tendon does occur, recovery is only about 80% of original! Consequently, our healing expectations need to be realistic given how our body attempts to restore itself from injury or disease.
There’s a basic reason why healing is slower for connective tissues. Continue reading