Most knee sprains are successfully managed without surgery. However, full recovery will require some work on the patient's part. Based on the grade of the sprain, we create a unique plan that incorporates therapies to decrease inflammation and strengthening routines to rebuild the stability of your knee.
About Knee Sprains
The term “knee sprain” refers to the tearing of ligament fibers. “Ligaments” are made up of many fibers that run parallel to each other. These fibers bundle together to form a strong band that holds your bones together. Similarly, just like a rope, when a ligament gets pulled past its capacity, it begins to fray or tear.
Sprain grades depend on the amount of damage to the ligament fibers.
Painfully stretched ligament, but no fibers were torn.
Some, but not all, fibers have been torn.
All fibers have been torn, and your ligament can no longer protect the joint.
Knee stability is created primarily through four major ligaments:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
- Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL)
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL)
- Lateral collateral ligament (LCL).
Most knee sprains result from a sudden stop, twist, or blow from the side or front of the knee. In addition, some patients will recall hearing a “pop” at the time of injury. After a knee sprain, your knee may be tender to touch. Also, some patients report feeling a sensation of their knee “giving out” or report difficulty walking.
The MCL is the most commonly injured ligament of the knee and accounts for almost 8% of all athletic injuries. The incidence of MCL injuries is higher in sports like football, skiing, and ice hockey.
Most sprains are successfully managed without surgery. However, successful recovery will require some work on the patient’s part. Based on the grade of the sprain, we create a unique plan that incorporates therapies to decrease inflammation and strengthening routines to rebuild the stability of your knee.
Your Visit With us
At Crux Sport & Spine, your journey to pain relief and improved well-being begins with our comprehensive approach. We prioritize your health by conducting a thorough movement-based assessment during each visit, enabling us to identify any crucial factors contributing to your pain. Combining targeted muscle release techniques with chiropractic adjustments, we work to release tension in your muscles, facilitating improved movement and an overall sense of well-being.
But our care doesn’t end there. After your adjustment, we take you to our dedicated rehab area, where we empower you with the tools to extend the benefits of your session beyond our clinic. Through personalized stretches and exercises tailored to your specific needs and goals, we equip you with the knowledge and techniques to continue your progress at home.
Experience the exceptional chiropractic care and expertise at Crux Sport & Spine. Take the first step towards a pain-free and healthier life by visiting us today!