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The knee is a part of the body that has two simple functions, Flex and extend, that is, in simpler terms, bend and straighten. These two features allow us to operate in many activities such as walking, running, sitting, standing, kicking and so on. Knee injuries occur when twisting or stretching, causing the knee to take on more than it can tolerate. A ligament in the knee can stretch or tear when trying to hold it in place against the direction being stressed, this is called sprain. Knee injuries can be acute as well as chronic. Symptoms of severe knee injuries can be of two types: one, where signs such as swelling and pain in the joint are immediate and cause the inability to bend the knee or bear weight. Two, when pain is localized to one side of the knee with minimal swelling and effects on walking. Swelling can occur immediately, which can point to a ligament tear or fracture and when it takes a longer time for the swelling to appear then it can suggest meniscal or cartilage injuries. Long-term injuries include swelling and pain as well as other symptoms like swelling or different kinds of pain. These can be diagnosed by an Orthopedist and if needed MRI scans and X-rays can be taken. Treating knee injuries depends on the type and severity of the injury. RICE therapy which is an abbreviation for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation therapy is suggested for primary treatment. Physical therapy, immobilization, and surgery are other forms of treatment for knee injuries.
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