Knee Ligament Injuries
Ligaments essentially act as sturdy bands of connective tissue that hold the knee joint together. But they connect many bones throughout the body. Knee ligament injuries can occur as a result of sudden stops when running, shifting weight or twisting too quickly, repetitive jumping, over extending the knee, knee trauma, or landing on the knee while bent. Ligament injuries are common in sports such as basketball, football, tennis, gymnastics and soccer.
A Common but Dreaded Ligament Injury
The Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL)
A major ligament in the knee that connects the thigh bone (femur) to the shin bone of the lower leg. Injury to the ACL is one of the most dreaded of knee injuries…especially amongst professional, college, and high school level athletes.
ACL injury is typically caused by sudden movements and/or positions that compromise, stretch or stress the knee ligaments such as:
- Sudden stops when running (common in basketball, football, tennis, gymnastics and soccer)
- Over extension of the knee.
- Experiencing trauma to the knee
- Shifting your weight to quickly from one side to the other
- Landing on a bent knee
- Twisting or forceful torquing of the knee with the foot firmly in place
Other Knee Ligaments Prone to Injury
The Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL)
Another major ligament that connects the thigh bone to the shin bone
The Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL)
Connects the thigh bone to the shin bone on the inside of knee
The Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL)
A bone in the lower leg, on the outer side of your knee
When Knee Ligament Injury Occurs
When this type of injury occurs, you will typically feel immediate pain and may hear a pop or snapping sound. Swelling will follow and the joint may feel very unstable. Pain will be evident each time you attempt to put weight on the joint. But advanced technology has brought more successful outcomes and less invasive options for those experiencing this type of knee injury.
If you experience a ligament injury, don’t delay in getting proper medical advice from an orthopedic specialist who can diagnose your injury accurately, and provide the most appropriate treatment plan.
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Pay Attention to Early Warning Signs…
At his orthopedic practice in Newport Beach serving Costa Mesa, Irvine, and all of Orange County, Dr. Venuto sees patients almost every day who are living with various orthopedic conditions of the knee or shoulder. Paying attention to early warning signs can
help lead to earlier treatment, which itself may minimize the pain and disability associated with your condition.
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