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What does a knee ligament injury feel like?

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These injuries need medical attention. In some cases, like ACL tears, you may need surgery so your knee will be stable and won’t give out when you twist or pivot.

  • Pain, often sudden and severe
  • A loud pop or snap during the injury
  • Swelling within the first 24 hours after the injury
  • A feeling of looseness in the joint
  • You can't put weight on the joint without pain
  • You can't put weight on the joint at all

From: What Are Knee Ligament Injuries? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES   :

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear.'' 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Knee Ligament Injuries.'' 

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.  The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

U.S. National Library of Medicine MedLine: ''ACL Reconstruction.''

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 16, 2016

SOURCES   :

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear.'' 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Knee Ligament Injuries.'' 

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.  The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

U.S. National Library of Medicine MedLine: ''ACL Reconstruction.''

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 16, 2016

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