Welcome to the Knee.
The knee is generally described as a relatively simple hinge-like joint with the patella considered a large adjacent sesamoid structure. For any number of reasons, the reality that the knee is, in fact, bicondylar in shape, which, thus, along with the presence of two menisci, creates kinematic behaviors far more similar to a modified ovid than to any simple hinge joint. Additionally, the superior tibiofibular joint, sometimes comically referred to as the “forgotten knee joint” is just that… typically forgotten despite its importance in lateral knee stability, muscle attachment, and impact on conjunct rotation mechanics.
In this section, you will have the ability to review the bony, soft tissue, and joint mechanics of the knee complex as well as common pathology and clinical testing procedures you’ll require to be successful both in clinic and upon examination.