The knee is made up of an intricate network of muscles, tendons, bone, ligaments, cartilage, and fluid. All of these components are susceptible to injury, through routine wear and tear or a single impact. Injuries to the knee are common among athletes and active people. Unlike hip damage, which tends to become more common as we get older, knee injuries do not discriminate based on age.
Tendons are responsible for knee mobility, connecting the knee bones to the leg muscles. The most common muscle-tendon injuries occur due to hyperextension of the hamstring, one of the three posterior thigh muscles between the hip and the knee. Luckily, these injuries are usually mild and do not need medical intervention. Applying an ice pack, elevating the affected leg, and rest are often enough for recovery. A doctor may suggest special exercises and physical therapy for more severe cases.
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