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A knee sprain occurs when a ligament in the knee is stretched and torn. There are 4 main ligaments in the knee that can be sprained, they are:
Mild sprain/micro tearing of the ligaments. There is tenderness over the ligament (MCL/LCL can be directly palpated) and no significant swelling
Moderate sprain/incomplete tearing of the ligaments. There is moderate swelling and tenderness over the ligament and usually some bruising occurs. The knee may feel unstable to the patient.
Complete tear of the ligaments in the knee. There is profuse swelling in the knee immediately. Severe laxity without a distinct end point is felt when testing the ligament and the joint is very unstable.
Associated with an acute traumatic incident, often with the leg planted on the ground.
Rest: The patient should rest the knee, crutches or a cane may be required.
Ice: Apply a cold compress, wrapped in a towel or in a Trainers Choice compression wrap, to the knee for 15 minutes per hour, a minimum of 3 times/day.
Compression: Apply compression to the knee by wrapping with an elastic wrap, or applying a compression knee sleeve support.
Elevate: The knee should be placed in an elevated position to reduce swelling.
Athletic Therapist or Physiotherapist to aid healing and correct any muscle imbalances through stretching and strengthening