Knee and lower leg conditions such as ligament injuries can affect every aspect of your life, from your ability to do your job to the time you spend on your favorite activities. From ACL tears to PCL sprains, the sports medicine team at TriHealth Orthopedic & Sports Institute can help you find relief from knee pain and regain your knee function after a ligament injury.
Our team of physicians and specialists provide patient-centered care, helping you heal with the most conservative treatment possible before turning to surgery. We offer advanced ACL repairs, without grafts, to rebuild strength in your ligament long-term. If repair is not possible, our orthopedic surgeons also offer reconstructive surgery to get you back in the game.
Your knee is made up of different bones and the ligaments that connect the two together. When you put too much pressure or strain on your knee, it can cause sprains (stretching) or tearing of the ligaments. One of the most common sports injuries is anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear in the knee, though you can also tear other knee ligaments.
Fortunately, most ligament injuries can be treated without surgery or within advanced minimally invasive treatments. Though you may have a long recovery time, you should be able to return to your activity after most mild to moderate injuries.
Ligament injuries causes
Ligament injuries can be caused by:
- A sudden hit to the knee, such as in football or a car crash
- Repetitive twisting motions on the knee over time
- Suddenly twisting the knee, such as in skiing or pivoting in basketball
- Twisting the knee out of place when landing from a jump
Ligament injuries symptoms
If you have a ligament injury in your knee, you may experience symptoms such as:
- A popping sound in the knee
- Knee pain
- Knee swelling
- Trouble putting weight on the knee
Ligament injuries treatment
The treatment for a knee injury depends on the severity, from a minor sprain to a full tear. Common treatments include:
- R.I.C.E., rest, ice, compression and elevation
- Ligament repair surgery
- Ligament reconstruction surgery
- Knee bracing
- Over-the-counter pain medicines
- Physical therapy
Ligament injuries risk factors
You may be at a higher risk for a ligament injury if you:
- Don’t properly strengthen your legs for the sport you play
- Don’t warm up properly
- Use improper body mechanics
- Use improper sports equipment or shoes that don’t fit properly
- Participate in sports that involve hitting or twisting the knee, such as football, basketball, skiing or gymnastics
Ligament injuries prevention
You can take steps to keep your knee healthy by:
- Avoiding certain sports, such as football or basketball
- Learning appropriate jumping and pivoting techniques
- Strengthening the thigh muscles
- Wearing appropriate safety equipment and shoes for your activity
Make an appointment
Find out how knee care experts can help you heal from ligament injuries. Make an appointment with a TriHealth sports medicine specialist by calling 513 246 7846.