At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 140
It's vital to look after the
joints we take for granted
ur knees are simply amazing.
At the knee, through a surface
smaller than the size of your
palm, the thigh (femur) and
shin (tibia) bones meet and balance
our weight, allowing us to walk, run
and take part in sport.
In fact, because moving objects have
a bigger force, the actual force on your
knee with each step you take is three
times your body weight. When you run,
it's even more - five to seven times
body weight. And if you are a
parachutist, it has been estimated that
when you land 20 times your weight
may be put through the knee.
To allow us to walk and manage the
many activities we enjoy, the bones at
the knee are lined with cartilage, clothed
in soft tissue, muscles and ligaments and
aided by the kneecap (patella).
Considering the Herculean task that
our knees perform day after day and
their many constituent parts, it's
perhaps not surprising that at times