Bioengineering Orientated Studies on the Structure of Human Hip Joint Cartilage

  • P. F. Millington
  • I. C. Clarke

Abstract

Successful and continued functioning of articular joints is essential to normal life. In many instances, however, joint pain does occur giving rise to considerable discomfort if not complete incapacity. A common cause is the breakdown of cartilage which can result from various diseases, e.g. osteo-arthrosis, a disease of articular cartilage (Wright, 1969). Before we can understand the manner in which cartilage becomes disrupted or begin to interpret mechanical data derived from the study of whole or part joints, it is essential to know the normal structural arrangement of the tissue. It may then be possible to determine the role of cartilage under normal joint function and the mechanism by which the joints are lubricated.

Keywords

Permeability Hydrate Depression Shrinkage Dehydration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. F. Millington
  • I. C. Clarke
    • 1
  1. 1.University of StrathclydeGlasgowScotland

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