|Anatomy of Your Knee|
You've probably heard various joint problems described using the words tendon, ligament, etc., and you may have even seen a knee or bone joint model in your doctor's office. But understanding the parts and how they work together can be a real motivator for knee care. There are only a few parts to your knee, and they work simply and efficiently. Here are the basic parts and their functions.
- Your thigh bone and shin bone are separated by cartilage (padding that keeps them from grinding together).
- The thigh and shin bones are held to each other by ligaments (strong, elastic bands of tissue).
- Your muscles are connected to your thigh and shin bones by tough cords of tissue called tendons.
- Muscles are not officially part of your knee joint, but they are important because when they're strong, they help support and protect the joint. The muscles of your knee work in opposing pairs that enable your knee to bend and then be straightened.