Your knee gives you the flexibility, strength, and stability needed to stand, walk, run, turn, and make other movements. One of the biggest and most complex joints, the knee supports the weight of your body.

Knee pain and injuries affect patients of all ages, making the knee one of the most common reasons patients seek medical care.  Knee pain makes it difficult to walk, get up from a chair, play sports, and more. Knee pain is most commonly caused by arthritis.

What is the Knee?

The knee is a joint with 4 bones, cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. The bones are:

  • The thighbone (femur).
  • The shinbone (tibia), which is connected to the thighbone.
  • The fibula is a smaller bone next to the tibia.
  • The kneecap (patella).

Cartilage, ligaments, tendons, and muscles support the knee:

  • Cartilage is the tough but flexible tissue that covers the ends of your bones at the knee joint. It helps the knee move smoothly and cushions and protects it. (Tissue is the material that helps support your body).
  • Tendons are tough but flexible cords of tissue that connect muscle to bone.
  • Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect bones or cartilage. They support and strengthen joints.
  • Muscles are tissues that help you move and supports your body.

Get Advanced Knee Care Right in Your Neighborhood

Finding the treatment that’s right for your knee problem is our focus at The Orthopedic Health Center. We use non-surgical treatments whenever possible. When you do need surgery, our expert surgeons help you heal faster and with less pain. All right in your neighborhood: Hoboken, New Jersey.