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What are common knee ligament injuries?

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Ligaments are bands of tough elastic tissue around your joints. The most common knee ligament injury is to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which controls forward movement and rotation of your shinbone. If your feet plant in one direction and your knee is twists in another, it can strain or tear your ACL. Football, skiing, and basketball are all sports with a higher risk of ACL injuries.

A posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury usually happens from a sudden direct impact, like a football tackle or a car accident. Medial cruciate ligament (MCL) tears or strains usually happen because something hits the outside of your knee.

From: What Are Ligaments? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

 Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Knee Ligament Repair.”

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: “Ankle Sprain.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Elbow Anatomy.”

Houston Methodist: “Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries.”

University of Rochester: “Common Injuries of the Shoulder.”

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on June 02, 2019

SOURCES:

 Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Knee Ligament Repair.”

American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society: “Ankle Sprain.”

Arthritis Foundation: “Elbow Anatomy.”

Houston Methodist: “Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries.”

University of Rochester: “Common Injuries of the Shoulder.”

Reviewed by Ross Brakeville on June 02, 2019

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