MEDICAL CONDITIONS OF THE KNEE
AT GUSTAVEL ORTHOPEDICS
Each year, over 11 million Americans go to the doctor for knee pain. The knee is the most operated on joint by orthopedic surgeons.
The knee is a synovial joint that connects the femur to the tibia. It is also a hinge joint meaning that it primarily moves in flexion and extension. It does have some rotational component but it is minimal. The knee is supported by meniscal cartilages, ligaments, tendons, and muscles to help keep it stable. The knee is at a high risk of injury due to the amount of stress that we constantly put on them. The key to maintaining a healthy knee and preventing injury is to better understand the joint, be aware of some common conditions and their symptoms and learn how to recognize when to see a physician.