What are knee ligament injuries?
A ligament sprain occurs when a ligament is stretched or torn. Ligaments are tough tissues that connect bones. They support your joints and keep your bones in place. They allow you to lift, lower, or rotate your legs. The knee joint is held together with a number of different ligaments and a ligament sprain may involve one or more of them. A sprain is usually caused by a direct injury or sudden twisting of the knee joint. This may happen while playing sports, or it may be due to a fall or car accident.
How do we treat ligament injuries at the Mansfield Clinic?
Treatment will depend on which ligament has been injured, and if more than one knee ligament is involved. Treatment will also depend on how severe your injury is and when the injury occurred. Dr Allfree may suggest one or more of the following:
A sprain is usually caused by a direct injury or sudden twisting of the knee joint. This may happen while playing sports, or it may be due to a specific accident like a fall. The following may also increase your risk of a knee ligament sprain:
Dr Allfree will ask you about your injury and examine your knee thoroughly. He will check the movement and strength of your joint. You may be asked to move the knee yourself. You may also need more investigations including:
Treatment depends on which ligament in the knee is injured and if more than one are affected, and also on how severe your injury is. You may need any or all of the following:
Regular exercise can strengthen your muscles and help prevent another knee injury. Do the following before you return to regular exercise or sports training: