Knee complaints are very common in general practitioners practices, right after neck and shoulder complaints. Often these complaints occur after an accident or due to physical overload. However, it is not always possible to find an obvious cause for the complaints. The location of the pain can differ. This can be deep or in the superficial layers.
The knee has a joint space. At the front is the kneecap. This is responsible for giving the upper leg muscles optimal power. In the centre there are 2 cruciate ligaments and 2 menisci, also called cartilage disks. They have an important function in the stability and protection of the knee.
We all know someone who has torn their cruciate ligament or meniscus. The ‘football knee’ is a well-known example of this. Untreated this can, specifically at a young age, have troublesome consequences for the knee function in the long term.