Ligament Strains and Tears

Ligament Strains and Tears

Two of the ligaments in the knee joint are known as cruciate ligaments. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) connect the thigh bone to the larger bone of the lower leg (tibia) in the knee joint.

The other two knee joint ligaments are known as collateral ligaments. Collateral ligaments control the side-to-side movement of the knee. The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL) connect the thigh bone to the larger bone of the lower leg (tibia).

Mild ligament injuries, such as a knee sprain, involve stretching or minor tearing of some of the ligament fibers, while a severe ligament injury, such as a torn ACL, involves the complete tearing of the ligament fibers.

Knee ligament injuries or tears commonly occur during sports activities like soccer, football, skiing and gymnastics. Overextending the knee, stopping suddenly when running, twisting the knee when the foot is planted or getting hit on the knee can lead to ligament injuries or tears.

Symptoms of ligament strains and tears include:

● Severe pain

● Swelling

● Audible popping/snapping noise at the time of the injury

FAQs: Ligament Strains and Tears in Staten Island, NY at Still Well Pain Management

How are ligament strains and tears diagnosed?

Depending on which type of ligament has been damaged, the pain symptoms may occur in different parts of the knee. If there is pain on the inner or outer portions of the knee, there may be damage to the collateral ligaments. If the pain is felt deep within the knee, there may be damage to the cruciate ligaments.

How are ligament strains and tears treated?

Immediately following a ligament injury or tear, we recommend:

● Following the RICE protocol by resting the knee, applying ice to the injured area, wrapping the knee in a compression bandage and elevating the leg.

● Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication to help reduce pain and swelling associated with the injury.

● Using a knee brace to help stabilize the joint after the injury.

How can I get started with ligament strains and tears treatment in Staten Island?

To learn more about how these treatments can help relieve the pain of your ligament strains and tears, call 718-448-6373 or request a consultation online today.

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