Knee Ligament Sprain – Frisco, TX
The board certified doctors at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide comprehensive treatment for various medical conditions of the knee joint. They have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating knee conditions including ligament sprains.

Knee Ligament Sprain

The knee is the largest joint in the body that connects the thighbone (femur), shinbone (tibia) and the kneecap (patella). There are four major ligaments or tissues that hold the constituent bones in position and enable the movement of the knee joint.

  • Cruciate Ligaments- The anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments lie inside the knee as well as cross each other to form an ‘X’ shaped pattern. These ligaments control the forward and backward movement of the joint.
  • Collateral Ligaments- These are found on either side of the knee and support the sideways movement of the joint. They are classified as the Medial and the Lateral Collateral Ligaments.

Sudden stretching or tearing of any of these ligaments is referred to as a sprain. Sportspersons are more likely to suffer from Knee Ligament Sprains and some of them cannot resume playing the sport if the injury is not treated in time or if it involves severe damage to the ligaments. In most cases, a patient may return to normal physical activity within 3-4 months of treatment.

Causes Of Knee Ligament Sprain

  • A direct blow to the knee joint
  • Automobile accident
  • Falling on a bent knee
  • Sports injury
  • Sudden twist or improper landing during a jump
  • Overuse or excessive physical activity
  • Exercising or indulging in sports activities without warming up
  • A knee which has been previously sprained is at a greater risk of being injured again
  • Rapid or sudden change of direction while running (as is the case with football players)
  • Weakness in leg muscles

Symptoms Of Knee Ligament Sprain

  • Pain which may aggravate with movement
  • Swelling, tenderness, redness and bruising
  • Popping sound may be heard at the time of injury
  • Inability to walk, bear body weight
  • Buckling of the knee while attempting to stand/move
  • Stiffness of the joint

Diagnosis Of Knee Ligament Sprain

  • Evaluation of the knee joint by the orthopedic doctor
  • The doctor may analyze the patient’s medical history to trace the underlying cause of injury
  • MRI, CT scan or X-ray imaging may be conducted to get a clearer view of the damaged joint

Treatment For Knee Ligament Sprain

  • Prescription of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers
  • The doctor may immobilize the knee using a splint, cast, brace or an elastic bandage
  • Physical therapy may help in restoring strength, balance and flexibility
  • RICE- Rest, application of ice packs, compression and keeping the knee elevated at chest level may help in curing the injury
  • Wearing supportive shoes or braces may help in recovery as well as preventing the condition from worsening
 In case of multiple ligament tears, surgical treatment may be required

For diagnosis and treatment of Knee Ligament Sprains, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the knee surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.