Why Women Are More Prone to Knee Injuries

Paragon Orthopedic Center sees more women than men for knee injuries, and that is not uncommon.  Women are 2 to 8 times more likely to have problems with their knees compared to men.  The main reasons for this are:

  • Anatomy– Because a woman’s hips are wider, there is a tapering at the knee, causing most women to be slightly knock-kneed.  This imbalance of weight puts more pressure on the inside of the knee, which can lead to injuries.
  • Hormones-Estrogen causes women’s ligaments to be more relaxed, which can lead to injuries of the ACL and MCL ligaments.
  • Muscle development-Women tend to develop quadriceps dominance, which leaves the hamstrings weaker, and this imbalance can lead to ACL injuries.

Read more details about what you can do for yourself or the women in your life, and how to treat knee pain here:
Why Do Women Have More Knee Pain Than Men? | NJSO (njspineandortho.com)