A pulled ligament in the knee is commonly known as a sprain.
Ligaments in the knee that are susceptible to injury or being pulled include cruciate, medial collateral, and the lateral collateral ligaments.
Most of the common causes on why ligaments on the knee are pulled include sudden twisting movements, heavy strain or pressure on the legs, and blows which happen during accidents, contact sports, and other strenuous activities.
Diagnosing the extent of a pulled ligament injury may include manually putting pressure on it, using an MRI, or using arthroscopy.
Arthroscopy is a minimal invasive surgical procedure that uses an arthroscope which is a type of endoscope in diagnosing and treating damaged joints.
Pulled Ligament in Knee Treatment
Ice. A pulled ligament naturally heals itself which can take around two months. During the healing process, it is best to put ice on the knee to reduce swelling which often is an effect when the ligaments are injured. It can also control pain.
Pain and anti-inflammatory medications can help manage pain and swelling.
Elevation. Elevating the knee can minimize the flow of blood to go to the knee area which can help with the swelling. This can be done by propping the knee on a small chair or a pillow during sleep.
A cast that can be strapped-on or a brace can aid with the healing process since it can support the injured area from being moved unnecessarily which may create further swelling, pain, and other complications.
Another way that can help in the treatment of a pulled ligament is stretching. Try stretching the pulled ligament several times a day in a regular basis. This can also help the muscles in the injured area have a range of motion. But patients should remember not to overwork the knee.
Doctors often recommend several exercise activities for the knee to speed up the healing process.
When the conditions and symptoms are severe, surgery is the best treatment option.
Pulled Ligament in Knee Symptoms
Popping. This usually can be felt and heard immediately when the injury occurs or when the ligament gets pulled.
Pain. Pain when the ligament is pulled usually range from mild to excruciating pain.
Swelling. This is mainly caused by the increased fluid levels in the tissues in the affected area. A severe swelling is usually what is observed when a ligament in the knee is pulled.
Warmth and redness. This is caused by the increased in the flow of blood to the injured area.
Patient will have difficulty in walking since the injured knee cannot support heavy pressure.