The Knee Joint

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The knee joint is the largest joint within the human body. It joins the thigh with the leg, and contains two articulations; one between the femur and tibia, and the other between the femur and patella. A human knee is a mobile “trocho-ginglymus” also known as a hinge joint, a hinge joint is a bone joint that permits motion in only one plane. The knee permits flexion and extension, while also providing a slight internal and external rotation. The knee joint is extremely vulnerable to acute injury (occurring in a single event), and also is very prone to the development of osteoarthritis which is a joint disease that results from breakdown of joint cartilage, and the underlying bone. Symptoms of Osteoarthritis are joint pain, and stiffness. The …show more content…
Your ACL is critically important because it prevents the tibia from being pushed too far anterior relative to the femur. The main causes of ACL tears are twisting, and or bending of the knee. It is rare to see someone injure their PCL, but when they do it is a result of extreme force on to the ligament itself (front squats). The Medial collateral ligament (MCL) and Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) prevent the femur from moving side to side. They both also protect the knee from being bent open by stress applied to either side of the knee. Professional athletes who have major knee injuries, specifically in the NBA and NFL develop an injury in one of these 4 ligaments. An injury in one of these ligaments can end a promising star, or dominant players career, but that’s not always the case. Lets take a look at a few …show more content…
He plays point guard for the Chicago Bulls. At the time of his injury, Rose was playing at a significantly high level, he was averaging 21.8 points per game, 7.9 assists per game, and 35.3 minutes per game, But one day this would all come to an end. During game 1 of the 2012 NBA playoffs, Rose and his Bulls were facing the Philadelphia 76’ers. In this game Rose had put up 23 points, had 9 assists, and 9 rebounds. With 1:22 left to play Derrick tore his ACL while trying to jump. Derrick was then forced to have surgery performed, meaning that his recovery period would be between 8-12 months. Due to his torn ACL Derrick was forced to sit out the whole 2012-2013 NBA season. During the 2013-2014 season, Rose made his much awaited turn, during the time period he actually played in this season Derrick played horribly. He was shooting 28.8% from the field, and averaging 5.7 turnovers. On November 22nd, 2013 Rose would end up tearing his right meniscus, he need to have surgery performed again. Derrick would miss the rest of the 2013-2014 season. You would think 2 major surgeries on both of his knees would force Derrick out of the league, like it did Baron Davis, but that’s not the case. Derrick returned for the 2014-2015 season. Derrick put up mediocre numbers for the most of the regular season, but when it came to the 2015 NBA playoffs Derrick elevated his game back to where it was before his surgeries. Throughout the

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