Separating 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.
Richard S. Rabinowitz, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
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What are menisci of the knee?
Scott Martin, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredHelpful? 2 people found this helpful.
What are the most common tennis injuries?
Sports injuries are divided into two categories: acute traumatic injuries and overuse injuries. The most common traumatic injuries in tennis are ankle sprains and muscle pulls. Some of these can be prevented by proper warm-up and stretching before playing, as well as the right tennis shoe.
I have been involved as one of the physicians at the Sony Championships for nearly 20 years. The most common overuse injuries we see are tennis elbow, which is a pain on the outside part of the elbow from overuse “lateral epicondylitis.”
With the changes in racket technology, wrist problems are now quite frequent. They can be very painful and debilitating for a tennis player. The most common wrist injuries are ligamentous disruption and injuries to the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC).
Overuse injuries of the shoulder, known as an impingement syndrome, are a form of rotator cuff tendinitis and bursitis. They are common among today’s elite tennis players.
Lower back overuse injuries, including strains and stress fractures, are not unusual with the changes in service motion and racket technology. Overuse injuries in the knee seen in elite tennis players frequently are kneecap tendinitis and stress fractures, which are microfractures of the bone.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
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 HospitalYes. 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.
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