Your Guide to Knee Pain

The knee is the largest joint in the body and one of the most complicated. It acts like a hinge joint connecting your thigh bone (femur) to your shin bone (tibia). To understand the knee, it is important to understand its anatomy. Lining articular cartilage covers the ends of the bones and underside of the kneecap, and helps the joint glide smoothly. Ligaments are rope like structures that hold the joint together and provide stability. There are four main ligaments in your knee, two outside the joint (medial and lateral collateral ligaments), and two inside the joint (anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments). The meniscus is a horseshoe shaped pad of cartilage that functions as a cushion or shock absorber between the bones. The muscles around the knee provide strength and power, and also help stabilize the joint. Tendons are the specialized ends of the muscles that connect them to bones.

Knee Injuries Typically Cause Knee Pain

Because the knee supports most of the body's weight, it is vulnerable to injury and arthritis. It is prone to overuse injuries and sports-related incidents. Learn more about the most common knee injuries and find out the cause, symptoms and support options for your knee pain.

Knee Pain by Symptom / Location

If you are able to pinpoint the location of your knee pain, that can help identify the type of injury you may have incurred. We suggest speaking with your physician for specific diagnosis. Identifying the location of your knee pain will help a physician suggest pain management options that may help relieve symptoms of the injury.

Protect Your Knee with a Knee Brace for Football Players

Football players are at risk for developing knee injuries at some point during their career. Get details about the best football knee brace for you.

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Need a Knee Brace to Help Manage Knee Pain?

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Whether you have recently injured your knee, are trying to prevent a knee injury, have received a knee diagnosis and are seeking treatment, or are post-op, we have a brace to help you manage your knee pain.

Compression Knee Sleeve | Great for general, daily, and low-profile support
Hinged Knee Brace | Ideal for preventing ligament injuries such as ACL, MCL, PCL and LCL Tears
Patella Knee Strap | Specific for injuries similar to jumpers knee or tendonitis
Patella Stabilizer | Helps align the knee cap in injuries like Runner’s Knee or Chondromalacia