Anatomy of the Knee

Knee Anatomy Animation

Omaha Knee Anatomy Animation by Dr. Darren R Keiser MD

Omaha Knee Anatomy Information

Omaha Knee Anatomy Information by Dr. Darren R. Keiser MD

anatomy of the kneeWhen learning about the knee, it is advantageous to understand knee anatomy first.

The knee joint anatomy is comprised of bones, ligaments, tendons, menisci, and cartilage.  The bones that make the knee include:  the thigh bone (femur), the lower leg bone (tibia), and the knee cap (patella).  

The ligaments of the knee that help with knee stability include the ACL, the PCL, the MCL, and the LCL.  The tendons of the knee that help with movement include the patellar tendon, the quadriceps tendon, and the hamstring tendon.  

The cartilage of the knee is the white glossy coating on the ends of the bones that provides a smooth gliding surface for joint movement.  The menisci are the two c-shaped cushions in between the femur and the tibia.

Any one of these anatomical structures can be damaged through traumatic injury, repetitive overuse, or through the wear and tear of life.

Many knee conditions can be treated properly and successfully without surgery.  These treatments may include Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation (PRICE), bracing, physical therapy, injections, and medications.
Sometimes surgery is necessary to eliminate pain, restore strength, stability, and movement, and to prevent further breakdown of the knee.

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Omaha Knee Information by Dr. Darren Keiser MD