Knee Sprain – Frisco, TX
The orthopedic surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide treatment for a wide range of medical conditions affecting the knee joint. They specialize in using surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat knee sprain.  

Knee Sprain

The knee joint comprises of four major ligaments - Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL). These ligaments connect the bones of the upper and lower leg at the knee joint. An injury to any of these ligaments, causing them to stretch or tear, is known as a knee sprain. The condition can be classified as mild, moderate or severe. Although anyone can suffer from a knee sprain, the condition is more common among athletes who play football or soccer.

Causes Of Knee Sprain

  • Sudden twisting of the knee
  • Hyperextension of the knee due to overuse
  • Automobile accident
  • Falling on a bent knee
  • Abrupt force that pushes the knee inwards

Symptoms Of Knee Sprain

  • A ‘popping’ sound at the time of the injury
  • Inflammation and severe pain in the knee
  • Discoloration of the knee
  • Knee instability that makes walking difficult
  • Locking of the knee

Diagnosis Of Knee Sprain

An orthopedic doctor may ask the patient about the exact cause behind the injury. A physical examination of the injured knee may be conducted where the doctor may look for specific signs of inflammation, tenderness and deformity. The joint’s range of motion may also be tested along with the strength of the ligaments.

The doctor may perform forward and backward movements on the lower leg. If a major knee injury is diagnosed, the patient may be required to undergo imaging tests such as X-Ray, MRI scan or arthroscopy.

Treatment For Knee Sprain

Mild knee sprain can generally heal within two to four weeks but severe injuries may take up to a year to heal completely. The following treatment methods may be recommended by the orthopedic doctor:

  • RICE: In case of a mild sprain, the patient should follow the RICE principle of treatment. Rest the joint, ice the injured area, compress the swelling with the help of elastic bandage and elevate the injured knee above heart level.
  • Knee brace: The doctor may advise the patient to wear a knee brace for a short period of time. This will speed up the healing process.
  • Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed to reduce swelling and relieve pain caused due to the injury.
  • Rehabilitation: After the symptoms have subsided, your doctor recommend undergoing rehabilitation program to help the patient regain lost muscle strength and complete range of knee motion.
  • Surgery: Surgery is required in case of severe knee sprain or multiple ligament injury.

For treatment of knee sprain, visit OrthoTexas, Frisco. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeons, you can call at (214) 618 – 5502.