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Archive for August 14th, 2012

Knee Structure

August 14, 2012

Knee bones

When understanding knee osteoarthritis it is important to understand the overall bone structure. The knee is comprised of four major bones. Understanding how your body works, you can better understand ways to reduce knee pain and increase your exercise and stretching routines.

Patella: The patella is your kneecap, a flat triangular bone that moves as the leg moves. The patella is located on the front of the knee, protecting the knee joint.

Tibia: Commonly referred to as the shin bone, this bone is used to connect the knee and ankle. The tibia is the second largest bone in the body and does the majority of weight bearing during movement.

Femur: Also know as the thigh bone. The femur is the longest bone in the human body. This bone runs from your knee to your hip joint, connecting your leg to torso.

Fibula: The fibula can also be called the calf bone. The fibula connects your knee and ankle and is located on the outside of your body alongside the tibia.