Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Knee Pain Health Center

Font Size

Knee

hwkb17_035.jpg

The knee joint is where the thighbone (femur) and the shinbone (tibia) come together. A smaller bone called the fibula, on the outside of the lower leg, is also related to the knee joint. The kneecap (patella) is in front of the end of the thigh bone.

The bones are connected by several strong ligaments and cushioned by two pieces of cartilage called menisci (plural of meniscus).

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerPatrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
Last RevisedSeptember 10, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: September 10, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

Today on WebMD

Woman opening window
Slideshow
man rubbing painful knee
Article
 
gardening
Video
Everyday Exercises For OA Slideshow
Article
 
man biting a bullet
Article
6 Ways To Ruin Your Knees
Article
 
Keep Joints Healthy
SLIDESHOW
Knee exercises
SLIDESHOW