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Sprains and Strains

Types of Sprains and Strains

A sprain refers to an injury to a ligament, which are strong bands of fibrous tissue linking one bone to another and providing joint stability. In the knee, ligaments connect the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone). On the inner knee this is known as the medial collateral ligament (MCL). On the outer aspect of the knee this is known as the lateral collateral ligament (LCL). Conversely, a knee strain denotes an injury to a muscle or tendon around the knee joint. Commonly termed muscle pulls, these strains often affect the Quadriceps (muscle in front of the leg) and Hamstring (muscle at the back). Such injuries typically result from overuse or sudden, intense use of the hip and knee joints during activities like running, sprinting, hiking, or strenuous lifting.


For strains, similar to sprains, the recommended treatment involves the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Following this, incorporating gentle exercises can help to alleviate pain and enhance mobility. In cases of severe tears, surgical intervention may be necessary for optimal recovery

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Patient examined for a Mensicus Tear, Tendon Injuries, Ligament Injuries, Sprains and Strains, Patella Dislocation, Knee Osteoarthritis and other various types of knee conditions
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