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The weight bearing surfaces of your knees are covered with articular cartilage. There are also two "shock absorbers" in your knee on either side of the joint. These two structures are called the medial meniscus and the lateral meniscus. The menisci are horseshoe shaped pieces of cartilage that help to center the knee joint during activity and minimize the amount of stress on the articular cartilage. The combination of the menisci and the articular cartilage in your knee produces a nearly frictionless gliding surface.US Webmix 18 Users