Although the knee joint has a very simple purpose which is to bend and extend, knee injuries are some of the most common in sports as well as in individuals everyday lives. This weight bearing joint is made up of different bones as well as soft tissues including muscles, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. Due to the complexity of the knee joint, there are a wide range of injuries that can happen, so it is important to become as educated as possible on how to prevent these injuries from occurring. Also, it is equally as important to understand how to rehabilitate knee injuries if they happen to occur. It is crucial to get on the proper treatment plan to help rehabilitate the specific knee injury that you may be suffering from. Please note that if you are suffering from a soft tissue injury, then you can treat the initial stages of the injury by following the R.I.C.E. treatment method, but if there are lingering symptoms then surgical intervention may be required. The knee is one of the most commonly operated on areas of the body, and it is an especially common procedure performed on athletes in all sports. Please see the common knee surgeries section of sports injury advice to better understand the different procedures.