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Risk Factor - Injury

Risk Factor - Injury

Most people who hurt their knees remember the incident clearly.  Was there an audible pop?  Immediate swelling?  Could you walk?

The knee normally extends to zero degrees and can flex up to 135 degrees.  The knee functions so your legs can bend and straighten.  The joint is critical for normal standing, walking, and running.

The knee joint is complicated weight-bearing structure.  Ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones, menisci, bursae, and blood flow all play important roles in how the knee slides, glides, twists, and  feels.  An injury to any part of the knee joint can throw off the way your knee moves.

This biomechanical imbalance caused by an injury can affect the wear-and-tear of your cartilage and be a leading risk factor for you to develop knee osteoarthritis.