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What Do You Know About Taking Care of Your Knees?

Your knees are complex joints and that makes them more vulnerable to injury. Learning how to prevent knee injuries and treating them if they occur can help you stay active at work and play. Test your knowledge of knees by taking this quiz, based on information from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

1. The knee is the largest joint in the body and bears most of the body's weight.
2. Ligaments of the knee can be injured by changing direction or twisting when running.
3. Ligaments are the only part of the knee that can be injured.
4. Kneecap problems, one of the most common problems for runners, can be caused by running on sloped surfaces.
5. Maintaining a healthy weight can help you avoid knee pain.
6. You should see a doctor immediately if you have knee pain that also includes swelling, redness, pinching, or buckling and/or if you heard a pop when you injured the knee.
7. Overuse injuries such as tendonitis are the most common type of knee injury.
8. Acute injuries happen when you put more stress on a knee than it can handle.
9. Over time, a knee can develop osteoarthritis, a condition that results when the cartilage in the joint gradually wears away.
Online Medical Reviewer: Kolbus, Karin, RN, DNP, COHN-S
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 11/3/2013

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