What is it?
Anterior Cruciate Ligament, Medial Collateral Ligament, and/or Medial Meniscal tears.
Significant contact knee injury, usually through sport or twisting when weight-bearing.
Signs & Symptoms:
Moderate to severe pain in the knee, immediate swelling, reduced weight-bearing and movement, often associated with instability and “popping”.
Assessment via a GP or Physiotherapist combined with scans to confirm early diagnosis. Immediate treatment options are PRICE – Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation to minimise damage to surrounding tissue. Initial bracing, splinting and crutches for immobilisation may assist swelling reduction. With full-thickness tears surgery may be necessary.
Anywhere from 4 weeks to 6 months of treatment may be required, consisting of regaining range of movement, restoring muscle strength, and gradual return to normal daily activities.