by Alan Jordan
Conditions and injuries that affect the knee can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort and there is no wonder when you consider that the knee joint is the most complicated and largest joint in the body.
The knee is required to bear much of your body weight whilst remaining flexible at the same time and this is what causes it to be so vulnerable.
The Knee Joint
Two joints make up the knee joint and the first connects the thigh (known as the Femur) to the shin bone (the Tibia), whilst the second connects the thigh bone to the knee cap (the Patella). These joints allow the knee to bend and flex.
The knee joint bears most of our body weight and when we are standing, the thigh bone and shin bone lock together for stability. However, when we sit down they are barely touching.
Knee Injuries and Problems
The knee itself sits within a chain of structures within the body, including the lower leg, foot, ankle, upper leg, hip and pelvis. These parts of the body all work together, so a problem within the knee can cause issues to arise in other areas of the chain too.
There are several injuries that can affect the knee and the two most common are meniscal injuries and anterior cruciate ligament injuries. Rahul Patel, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the clinic, details these in this Broadgate Journal article. Future articles and blogs will look at the diagnosis and treatment of other knee injuries.
If you would like to speak to one of our specialists about your knee pain or knee condition, call us on 020 7638 today. Our clinical staff includes Physiotherapists, Sports Medical Specialists, Podiatrists and Orthopaedic Surgeons and having such a diverse and highly experienced team allows us to tailor your treatment to your specific knee condition.
For more information about Dr Alan Jordan, the author of this article and a director at Broadgate Spine & Joint Clinic, go to http://www.broadgatespinecentre.co.uk/chiropractor-london/.