Yes. We all know about how women get osteoporosis from not getting enough exercise or calcium with vitamin d. Other factors that place women at higher risk are relatively loose ligaments as compared to men, wider hips when corrected for knee position, and weak quadriceps and hamstrings. Many people don’t know that the medial quadriceps muscle is at a mechanical disadvantage due to its position in women. Often strengthening this muscle decreases pain in the front of the knee.
John R. Ehteshami, MD
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Are women at a higher risk than men for certain sports injuries?
Jennifer Baima, MD, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, answered on behalf of Brigham and Women's Hospital
What are menisci of the knee?
Scott Martin, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredSeparating the bones of the knee are two rubbery cartilage pads known as menisci. Named for their crescent-moon shape, the menisci curve around each side of the tibia's top, serving as shock absorbers and helping the bones fit together. Menisci are made of tough, elastic cartilage but are susceptible to injury from the pressure of the thighbone and shin bone they cushion and degenerative changes of the knee.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
How do my muscles change as I age?
Vonda Wright, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredThe changes seen in our muscles as we age are largely the result of loss of muscle cells, decreased size of muscle fibers, and increased muscle stiffness. Most of the muscle changes seen with aging are caused by the loss of lean muscle mass, or sarco penia.
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