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The knee joint contains four main ligaments that connect and stabilize the knee components. When any of these ligaments are stretched, torn or damaged, it results in a knee sprain injury that can impact the function and stability of the knee joint. At Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA, Dr. Farzin Kabaei and our team offer advanced treatments for knee injuries and disorders. If you need knee sprain treatment, come see us at our orthopedic clinic in Los Angeles.

The four main ligaments in the knee joint crisscross the outside and inside of the knee joint, connecting the top of the tibia to the lower femur. Ligaments allow the knee to bend and twist, but if the knee bones are forced out of alignment, the ligaments can stretch and tear. A mild to moderate knee sprain can include small or partial tears to one or more of the knee ligaments. A severe knee sprain can involve a complete ligament tear.

Causes and Symptoms of a Knee Sprain

Movements that push the knee joint out of alignment can cause a knee sprain. Sports injuries are a common cause of knee sprains. Twisting the knee when running and changing direction or from a collision with another player can cause a knee sprain. Car or motorcycle accidents or falls can twist the knee or push the bones out of alignment. Symptoms of a knee sprain include:

  • A tearing or popping sensation
  • Swelling around the knee
  • Knee feels loose or unstable
  • Knee pain

Mild knee sprains can be treated with conservative therapies. Rest, ice and pain medications can be used to relieve pain and swelling while the ligament heals. Physical therapy may be used to strengthen the surrounding tendons, muscles and ligaments. For severe tears, surgery may be required to repair or reattach the damaged ligaments.

If you have a severe knee sprain, treatment is available at Robotic Hip and Knee Replacement LA. Contact our medical center in Beverly Hills to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kabaei to discuss treatment for your knee sprain.

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