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Your joints and bones are protected by a tough connective tissue called cartilage, which is both flexible and robust. Within the entirety of your body, it performs the function of a shock absorber.
When you move your joints, the cartilage that covers the ends of your bones reduces the amount of friction that occurs and keeps the bones from grinding against one another. In addition, it serves as the primary tissue in some areas of your body and is responsible for providing such areas with their structure and shape.
Damage to your cartilage can occur suddenly, for example as a result of a sports injury or another type of trauma; but, it can also slowly accumulate over the course of your life, which can eventually lead to osteoarthritis.
Your bones and joints are shielded from harm by cartilage. It wraps around the ends of the bones in your body and provides a cushioning for the areas in your joints where bones come together. The cartilage has three purposes:
Different kinds of cartilage
Regular exercise is one of the general healthy habits that will help your cartilage (and the structures that it supports) function as they should. Other general healthy habits include: