A short slide show from http://www.tristateorthotc.com/orthopaedic-services/sports-medicine.html on the basic anatomy of the knee, common injuries, treatment for mild injuries, and when tot see a doctor.
MEET THE KNEE Oblique by Perfect Zero (http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/86236275@N00/4475886940/) Last day for the old knee by Postbear(http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/91387326@N00/4593578226/) The knee is a very complex joint; in fact, it’s the largest joint in the human body. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most easily injured.
TIME TO GET INTIMATE... Anatomy of the KneeThe knee is made up in part by the lower part of the femur, tibia (a.k.a. shin bone), and patella (a.k.a.kneecap). It also contains ligaments which help regulate motion. There is a wedge of cartilage in the knee that helps absorb motion (it basically acts as a cushion) called the meniscus.
FOUL! Knee injuries are fairly common especially among athletes. One of the most common knee injuries is “disruption” of the anterior cruciate ligament (a.k.a. ACL). The ACL is an elastic band of tissue that helps hold the knee joint together. According to the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, every year approximately 150,000 ACL injuries occur in the U.S. (Coleman, 2011)!Coleman, E. (2011). Statistics on ACL Injuries in Athletes. Retrieved from: http://www.livestrong.com/article/548782-statistics-on-acl-injuries-in-athletes/#ixzz22t7PUG48
OTHER KNEE INJURIES There are a wide range of other possible knee injuries including sprains, broken bones, problems with other ligaments such as the medial collateral ligament and the posterior cruciate ligament, and tearing the meniscus (that cushioning cartilage that acts as a shock absorber). Basket a contraluz l by Magec(http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/7911718@N05/1352257174/)
R.I.C.E. ANYONE? Mild knee injuries can be treated with R.I.C.E.:R(est) - stay off of the knee as much as possible (this may call for the use of crutches) I(ce) - apply ice to the injury spot to reduce swelling C(ompression) - wrap the knee snuggly in an elastic bandage to help control swellingE(levation) - keep the knee propped up above the level of your heart
CALL A DOCTOR! Seek treatment from a medical professional if: - You have severe pain- Hear a popping noise or feel your knee giving out at the time of injury - Swelling persists - You can’t move the knee
WANT TO KNOW MORE?To ﬁnd out more about the knee, sports medicine, and possible treatments.... Visit Tristate Orthopedic Treatment Center at: www.tristateorthotc.com Chip? by Cee-dub(http://www.ﬂickr.com/photos/39472722@N00/359657229/)