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:
- 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 treatments for knee sprain include:
- RICE protocol
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications
- Physical therapy
- Cortisone injections
- Supportive braces
In limited cases that don’t respond to other care, surgery –often arthroscopic – may be required to repair torn ligaments.