Damage of the knee ligaments happens quite often in all kinds of sports activities. In most cases the front ligament is teared off, but the rear ligament is also exposed.
A knee ligament rupture is painful. An acute pain is followed by a swelling of the knee. To strain the knee the first couple of days is equivalent to more pain, and the knee will feel a bit unstable. As soon as the swelling is gone, it will be easier to put weight on to the knee, and then have a more normal function than right after the damage.
Tearing-off the rear ligament is also painful in the knee itself, but the pain is more often located towards the tendon of the knee. A swelling will follow, but usually not as much as with a rupture of the front ligament.
A rupture of the knee ligament could lead to additional damages on other structures as well, like the meniscus or cartilage. Acute and adverse movement of the knee will often also affect other structures in the knee.
What you can do yourself:
Immediately after the damage, we advise you to follow the PRICE principal (Protection-Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation)
Ease the knee to avoid more pain and swelling
Look up health personnel to diagnose the extent of the damage
Find out what to do to restore optimal function of the knee
Training should start as soon as possible
How we can help:
After consulting the physiotherapist, training the knee is a vital part of the restoring process. KA Klinikken offers you an overall consultation with extensive tests based on the latest research. We analyze how your brain and your nerve system affect the rest of your body, aiming to reduce and remove unwanted pain, and obtain long lasting results.