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Typical Knee Injuries Bound by a Common Treatment

As the largest joint in the human body, the knee is made up of a number of components including four bones: the tibia, fibula, femur and patella. These come together to form a sturdy platform with cartilage providing smooth movement and reducing damage caused by friction. Various ligaments create a strong, stable bond between the bones and cartilage while movement is made possible by several muscles and tendons.

Joint Problems Abound

With all these elements in place, something is bound to break down at some point; in fact, more than 6 million people in America alone suffer from injury and limited mobility of the knee joint. Though an endless array of issues can lead to these problems, knee braces may be the key to finding relief from many of them. Some of the most common conditions aided by braces include:

  • Torn Tendons: Tendons are thick, strong band of flexible tissue connecting muscles to bones. In the knee joint, you’ll find the quadriceps and patellar tendons, both of which are prone to injury. Torn tendons most often occur during running and jumping exercises or due to blunt-force trauma or falls.
  • Ligament Injuries: Among the components of the knee joint are the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments, or the front and back ligaments respectively. Collateral ligaments also enter the mix. They’re often damaged during strenuous physical activity and contact sports, but the posterior cruciate ligament is particularly vulnerable to injury during vehicle accidents.
  • Meniscal Tears: Menisci are pliable pieces of cartilage situated between the femur and tibia to act as a buffer during movement and forceful impacts. Although sports injuries are common causes of meniscal tears, weakening and deterioration due to arthritis and aging are also culprits.
  • Dislocation: Dislocation occurs when the bones of the knee are forced out of place and can apply to one or all the bones involved in this joint. Significant impact and structural weakness are typical causes of this type of injury.

Some knee braces provide stability when the ligaments are unable to do so whereas others limit movement after an injury. They’re designed to reduce pain and promote healing or even prevent damage in some cases. Whether used alone or in conjunction with other measures, braces are effective tools in treating knee injuries.