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How are knee ligament injuries treated?

First aid treatment of a knee ligament injury should include rest, compression, ice and elevation. Seek medical attention for further treatment. Pain-relief and anti-inflammatory medication may be prescribed. Physiotherapy can improve the movement of the knee and assist with recovery of the ligament injury. In some cases, surgery is needed to repair a knee ligament injury. This may be necessary in cases such as a ruptured ligament, or injuries to multiple ligaments.

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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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