Injuries are the most common cause of knee problems. Sudden (acute) injuries may be caused by a direct blow to the knee or from abnormal twisting, bending the knee, or falling on the knee. Pain, bruising, or swelling may be severe and develop within minutes of the injury. Nerves or blood vessels may be pinched or damaged during the injury. The knee or lower leg may feel numb, weak, or cold, tingle, or look pale or blue. The common knee injuries are:
• Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
• Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
• Collateral Ligament Injuries
• Meniscal Tears
• Tendon Tears
HOW IS KNEE INJURIES DIAGNOSED?
Knee injuries are diagnosed by the physician on the basis of medical history, physical examination, and sometimes the use of X-rays or MRIs.
HOW IS KNEE INJURIES TREATED?
Orthopaedic surgeons will be involved in the treatment. Surgery may be needed in some cases. Pain medications are given to reduce the pain and inflammation.
DID YOU KNOW?
Knee injuries may tend to get worse over time and lead to irreparable damage hence delaying the treatment is not advised.