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What does a knee ligament injury feel like?

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You may notice:

  • 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

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.

SOURCES: 

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

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on November 26, 2018

SOURCES: 

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

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

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

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

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

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on November 26, 2018

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