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How are knee ligament injuries diagnosed?

An injury to a knee ligament may be diagnosed by a physical examination. A scan, such as an ultrasound, is frequently used to diagnose and evaluate an injury to knee ligaments. However, ultrasound is not very useful for assessing injuries to the cruciate ligaments, which are located deep within the knee. In cases where there is swelling around the knee, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or arthroscopy may be necessary to diagnose or evaluate the injury. Both of these techniques provide detailed views of the deeper knee structures.

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Author: Dr Bow Tauro PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 10 Jul 2015
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury

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