Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect bones in your body. The knee joint is made up of several ligaments that attach your thigh bone to the bones of the lower leg and the knee cap, these can get torn and damaged. We can treat knee ligament injuries in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Worksop .
The four main ligaments are:
Too much stress on the knee may cause one or more of these ligaments to stretch, tear or snap. The types of movements that can cause a knee ligament injury include:
These types of movements are likely to occur whilst playing sports but can also happen if you trip or fall.
An injury to a knee ligament is painful, may cause swelling and make walking very difficult.
After the injury has settled a simple ligament injury may heal and be fine. However injuries to the Cruciate ligaments usually casue symptoms of instability (feels wobbly). The knee can give way during sports or even just doing normal daily activities.
Damage to knee ligaments ranges from mild to severe so treatment will depend on your injury. Soft tissues like ligaments can take longer to heal than muscles so you will need to be patient with your body. Even a mild injury could take three months before you are pain-free
For minor liagment injuries , a combination of rest, ice therapy, compression and elevation can initially treat your knee injury. Then, gentle exercises to promote the full range of knee motion will help with your recovery. A brace may be necessary to allow full healing and prevent further damage.
It may not be apparent to you how badly damaged your knee is so it is always a good idea to get it chekced out by a specialist so nothing important is ‘missed’.
Physiotherapists can put you on a knee exercise program that will be important for a full recovery.
For more severe cases, such as a complete tear of the ACL, surgical reconstruction may be the only option. Extensive physiotherapy may also be required before and after surgery. Book your appointment to treat knee ligament injuries in Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster or Worksop. You can also follow us on social media.