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What is kneecap?

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Your knee is the largest joint in your body. The kneecap, or patella, is the bone that covers your knee. It helps give the joint strength and structure, which allows your legs to bend and turn safely.

From: What Can Go Wrong With My Kneecap? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Kidshealth.org from Nemours Foundation: “Jumper’s Knee.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Common Knee Injuries,” “Patellar Dislocation and Instability in Children,” “Patellar Fractures,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

U.K. National Health Service: "Dislocated Kneecap."

Johns Hopkins Health Library: "Patellar Instability."

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Patellofemoral Instability."

Shepard Center Spine and Pain Institute: “Patellar Tracking Disorder.”

Texas Health Physicians Group: “Patellar Tracking Disorder.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Kidshealth.org from Nemours Foundation: “Jumper’s Knee.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Common Knee Injuries,” “Patellar Dislocation and Instability in Children,” “Patellar Fractures,” “Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome.”

U.K. National Health Service: "Dislocated Kneecap."

Johns Hopkins Health Library: "Patellar Instability."

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Patellofemoral Instability."

Shepard Center Spine and Pain Institute: “Patellar Tracking Disorder.”

Texas Health Physicians Group: “Patellar Tracking Disorder.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 08, 2018

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