Knee ligament injuries are sprains or tears in one (isolated) or more (combined) of the four primary ligaments that connect the thighbone to the shin and calf bones. They’re most often caused by direct contact or changing direction quickly during sports or physical activity.
Knee ligaments called cruciate referring to the inside the knee joint and front-and-back movement. Collateral knee ligaments are located on the sides for sideways motion and stability. Sprains or tears can happen in these four primary ligaments:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL): in the front of the knee
- Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL): in the back of the knee
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL): on the inner side
- Lateral collateral ligament (LCL): on the outer side
Symptoms of a torn ACL, PCL, MCL, or LCL include pain, swelling, a popping sound during the injury, loose feeling in the joint, and inability to walk or stand. Damage ranges from a mild sprain to a complete tear, and can happen with other knee injuries, such as meniscus tears (damage to the shock-absorbing cartilage in the knee).
If you have moderate to severe knee pain due to a ligament injury call an orthopaedic specialist at the University of Miami Health System. We offer fast appointments, often the same day, or within 24 hours.
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University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute. Our sports medicine experts help you get back to your optimal strength and performance quickly and safely following an injury. Whether you’re a professional or collegiate level athlete recovering from an injury, or someone who enjoys going for a jog a couple times a week, our world-renowned sports medicine specialists will help you get back in the game.