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“Breakthrough” for knee injuries
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It’s the most common form of injury amoung skiers and now help is on hand for one tye of injury to the knee.

Scientists from Bristol University have managed to heal the meniscal cartilage with stem cells taken from the patient's own bone marrow.

The cartilage acts like a shock absorber for the knee, but skiers put extra pressure on it and it can often become damaged or torn.

At the moment attempts to repair it surgically are not always successful but now the scientists have managed to heal the tissue in a laboratory using stem cells taken from the patient's bone marrow.

The cells were put inside the tear and the 2 pieces of torn cartilage were pulled together.

Test will now be carried out on patients.

Don’t forget if have a medical question you can ask Jonathan Bell, our resident expert, in ask planetSKI.

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