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Have you ever felt a creak in your knees in the middle of a long run? Or maybe a slight clicking as you squat or walk down a flight of stairs? Well, you're surely not alone: An injured knee is one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor. While there are multiple causes of knee pain, recent research and clinical findings have uncovered methods to help prevent all types of knee joint injuries.
The knee is composed of two joints: one between the thigh bone (femur) and leg bone (tibia) and one between the thigh bone and kneecap (patella). Between the thigh bone and leg bone lie two crescent-shaped pieces of cartilage, called menisci. Adding to the anatomical elegance of the knee are fluid sacs (bursae), tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
The knee functions like a hinge joint, meaning that movement is primarily along one axis: to flex or extend. There is also slight rotational and bending movement.
Knee pain is often the result of repetitive strain caused by overuse and further induced by improper movement patterns. Let's look at four common knee injuries:
Despite the complexity of knee joint injuries, there are a few simple actions you can take to prevent injury.
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