If you participate in high-impact sports, you’re at increased risk for developing a knee ligament injury. At San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc., the board-certified team of orthopaedic surgeons offers on-site diagnostics and treatment services at their San Diego office for knee ligament injuries that affect your range of motion and overall mobility. Whether you need physical therapy or surgery, the compassionate staff creates a custom treatment plan to relieve your pain and get you back in the game. Schedule an evaluation for knee pain or other symptoms online or by phone today.
Your knee joint is surrounded by ligaments. These tough bands of elastic tissues provide stability for the joint and allow for range of motion.
Within your knee are four main ligaments that connect your knee to your thighbone and shinbone. These ligaments include:
While durable, your knee ligaments are susceptible to injury, especially if you’re physically active in sports or other high-impact activities. You can also suffer a painful knee injury due to direct trauma to the knee, such as during a car accident or serious fall.
Any of your knee ligaments can be affected by an injury. Generally, the ACL is the ligament most often injured, especially during activities that involve sudden twisting movements, like skiing or football. The ACL can stretch too far or tear during this type of motion.
PCL injuries usually occur with sudden trauma, such as a car accident, while injuries to the collateral ligaments usually occur from a blow to the side of the knee.
Cruciate and collateral ligament injuries don’t always cause pain, but you may experience a popping sensation at the time of injury and find it difficult to put weight on your knee.
Swelling and pain are also common soon after the injury.
Your doctor at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. reviews your health history and evaluates your knee for areas of swelling or pain. They also check your range of motion to determine the best course of treatment.
Initially, you may need to rest your knee and keep it elevated to prevent swelling. Ice therapy can also reduce swelling and prevent pain. For mild to moderate injuries, you may benefit from physical therapy to improve the healing process.
If your ligament ruptures or tears, you may need surgery to repair it and restore the stability of your knee.
Don’t delay treatment if you suspect you have a knee ligament injury. Schedule a consultation at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. online or by phone today.