Moving through daily life performing necessary activities and navigating through obstacles you encounter requires varying levels of exertion from your body, especially your joints. Medically, a joint is defined as the site of the junction or union of two or more bones of the body. It provides motion and flexibility to the frame of the body.
One of the joints that withstands the toils of daily walking, running, standing or sitting, is the knee joint. Knee injury, (fracture, dislocation, sprain or ligament tear), is one of the most common reasons people see their doctors according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
In this article, we’re going to discuss symptoms and causes associated with knee pain. Learn how we treat knee pain here.
The knee contains four main parts/elements: bones (thighbone, shinbone, and kneecap/patella), cartilage (articular and meniscal), ligaments (collateral and cruciate), and tendons.
Each of these components protects or helps the knee perform the flexion or extension of the lower leg as needed, and each of these components is also vulnerable to injury through repetitive exercise, daily movements, falls or unique characteristics of the individual body such as tightness or flexibility in the surrounding larger muscles.