Failure of Synovial Fluid to Cushion


SYNOVIAL fluid is highly viscous and it has been thought this property aids in the protection of articular cartilage from compressive forces1–3. If synovial fluid does function as a cushion, it would probably be most effective at times of rapidly applied load that occur, for example, during running, jumping or kicking. To test this hypothesis in vitro we… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/222999a0


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