Loads on Knee

Compressive forces at the patellofemoral joint

Normal walking gait: 1/2 body weight

Stair climbing: upto over 3 times body weight

Patellofemoral compression increases with knee flexion during weight-bearing (implication for golf) because:

  • Increased knee flexion increases the compressive component of force acting at the knee AND,
  • As knee flexion increases, a larger amount of quadriceps tendon tension is required to prevent the knee from buckling with gravity, with eccentric muscle tension

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