Women's Knees, How to Avoid Injury
What happens when your knees get hurt?
Knee injuries are very common, especially for people who play a lot of sports. Injury can affect any of the ligaments, bursae, or tendons surrounding the knee joint. Injury can also affect the ligaments, cartilage, menisci (plural for meniscus), and bones forming the joint. The complexity of the design of the knee joint and the fact that it is an active weight-bearing joint are factors in making the knee one of the most commonly injured joints.
Arthritis also is a serious knee problem for many people, especially as we get older.
How do doctors find knee problems?
Doctors find knee problems by:
Do women have more knee injuries than men?
Yes. Women are two to eight times more likely than men to have certain kinds of knee problems like ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears. The ACL is the ligament (strong, elastic bands of tissue that connect bone to bone) that stabilizes the knee. It prevents the knee from moving side to side and forward and backward.
Is there any connection between knee injuries and estrogen?
How can women keep from getting knee injuries?
Here are some ways to avoid knee injuries:
Some of the above information have been provided with the kind permission of The National Womens Health Information Center (www.4woman.gov).
Last Editorial Review: 7/6/2004
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