Ahhh, the knee.

Fashionable skirt lengths in modern times are measured in how many inches above or below the knee they fall.  Injured your knee?  That’s when you become thankful that you have the availability of health plans so you can get your knee fixed.  A hurt knee even makes you grateful for a high deductible health plan.  It’s awfully hard to stand if your knee doesn’t work. It’s also hard to sit down for that matter. Perhaps you can’t afford the health premiums or can’t qualify for any health plans.  I hope you at least have an accident plan.  Senior health plans will fix hurt knees, too.  So, if all that tennis you have played all your life has left you with a pair of bad knees your senior health plan will help you get your knees fixed.  Make sure that senior health plan has a supplement so the deductibles will be taken care of.

The Condylar Joint is not a hot new club.  As you have probably already guessed it’s your knee.  There are basically three types of limb joints in animals and humans.  These are the ball socket joint (hip and shoulder), the pivot joint (elbow) and the condylar joint (the knee).  The knee joint is the largest and most complex joint in the human body.  A very simple, and I do mean simple, way to think of your knee is as a hinge.  Remember the old childhood song, “The thigh bone is connected to the knee bone, the knee bone is connected to the shin bone”?   No complicated medical technology here…. the thigh bone has two protrusions called condyles.  These condyles roll and slide against the shin.  The shin has two concave grooves that match the condyles of the the thigh bone.  Your knee is the “hinge” between the two bones.  The knee also has ligaments that form a cross that attach to the two bones. Engineers refer to this as a four bar hinge.  If just one ligament is removed, the joint cannot function as a hinge and can have no useful function.

Women are more prone to knee injury than men.  The website lifescript.com talks about the most common causes of knee pain and how to reduce your chances of getting hurt by taking protective measures.

Runners Knee – Pain under the knee cap in the front of the knee.  Work on strengthening quadriceps and core muscles.

ACL -The knee “gives out” – most often during a sport- and you may hear a loud pop as the ligament tears.  Identify exercises to restore strength and motion. In some cases you may benefit from surgery.

Tendonitis – Usually results from overexertion.  For example too many squats and lunges done too fast…. or training for a marathon by performing long runs on weekends. Cross train to use different muscle groups.