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What are knee ligament injuries?
Injury of the knee ligaments is the sprain or tear of one or more ligaments in the knee. The knee ligaments can be injured in a number of ways. Injuries are commonly sustained by athletes, but can potentially occur in any person.
What are the symptoms of a knee ligament injury?
Signs and symptoms of a knee ligament injury include: swelling, pain and tenderness in the knee or the surrounding area; reduced movement of the knee; a popping or snapping sound, which is sometimes heard as a ligament is completely torn; a …
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 …
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 …
Can knee ligament injuries be prevented?
The risks of injuring knee ligaments can be reduced by following the proper techniques during sporting activities. A knee brace may prevent further damage to a weakened knee. Physiotherapy programs can speed up recovery of the injured ligaments and …
What is the outlook for knee ligament injury?
With treatment, a mild sprain of a ligament usually resolves within six weeks, with the ligament returning to its normal function. A moderate sprain can take more than six weeks to heal, while a severe injury, such as a tear, will require 3-4 …
What are the complications of knee ligament surgery?
Complications of knee ligament surgery include bleeding and infection, knee instability and, in rare cases, graft failure or deep vein thrombosis.
About this article
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