The knee joint cavity is deemed to have three 'compartments' - contact areas where the bones articulate.

These are the contact area between the femur and tibia bones on the inner (medial) side (medial compartment), the contact area between the femur and tibia bones on the outer (lateral) side (lateral compartment) and the contact area between the patella (kneecap) and the femur bones (patellofemoral compartment).

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CLINICAL PUBLICATIONS

Unloader Braces for Medial Compartment Knee Osteoarthritis - Implications on Mediating Progression. Ramsey DK, and Russell ME. Sports Health. 2009 Sep; 1(5): 416–426.