Thomas M DeBerardino, MD Orthopedic Surgeon, The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group; Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine as Co-Director, Combined Baylor College of Medicine-The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group, Texas Sports Medicine Fellowship; Medical Director, Burkhart Research Institute for Orthopaedics (BRIO) of the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group; Consulting Surgeon, Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy and Reconstruction of the Knee, Hip and Shoulder
Thomas M DeBerardino, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons , American Orthopaedic Association , American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine , Arthroscopy Association of North America , Herodicus Society, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Disclosure: Serve(d) as a director, officer, partner, employee, advisor, consultant or trustee for: Arthrex, Inc.; MTF; Aesculap; The Foundry, Cotera; ABMT; Conmed; <br/>Received research grant from: Histogenics; Cotera; Arthrex.
Articular cartilage does not have a blood supply, so it counts on its nourishment by the motion of the opposing joint cartilage surfacing pushing in nutrients. This is both good and bad because without a blood supply, cartilage grafts are not rejected by one’s body. However, it also means that with a low blood supply, there is very little chance that any type of cartilage injury will heal, which ultimately leads to progression of arthritis once it is damaged. The fact that we rely on motion of the opposing surface to provide nourishment for cartilage is the principle behind early motion after cartilage surgeries and the use of a continuous passive motion machine (CPM).