The knee joint is the largest joint in the body. Common knee injuries include ligament tears to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and other ligaments (MCL, LCL and PCL) that stabilize the knees during movement. The three bones (femur/thigh, tibia/shin and patella/kneecap) that make up the knee can suffer fractures or dislocations, and the meniscus, two wedge-shaped sections of cartilage that act as shock absorbers between the thigh and shin, can be torn, which destabilizes the knee joint. Overall, knee injuries are among the most common sports-related injuries, sidelining more athletes than any other orthopedic injuries.
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