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Knee “Sprain”

A knee sprain is a common soft tissue injury that results when ligaments within or around the knee are stretched and torn. The severity of a knee sprain is determined by the degree of ligament injury, ranging from mild, moderate, to severe. Even with appropriate treatment, such injuries may need a long time to heal.

What causes it?

Knee ligaments are often injured during athletic activities or job functions, typically involving sudden force:

  • Forced twisting of the knee
  • Sudden stopping
  • Shifting your weight
  • Landing awkwardly
  • A blow to the outer or inner side of the knee
  • A blow to the front of the knee while knee is bent and foot is firmly planted

How do you know you have it?

The primary symptoms of knee sprain include:

  • Pain/tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Knee instability (buckling or giving out)

How we fix it

The OSI team of knee specialists can help you with a knee sprain. We are here to work with you to develop an effective treatment plan:

  • Physical exam: Your doctor will ask about any symptoms and how the injury occurred. The range of motion in your knee will be evaluated and assessed for stability.
  • Imaging tests: X-rays or an MRI may be ordered to confirm an injury.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Nonsurgical treatments for knee sprain include:

  • RICE protocol
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Cortisone injections
  • Supportive braces

Surgical Treatment

In limited cases that don’t respond to other care, surgery –often arthroscopic – may be required to repair torn ligaments.

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