Have you experienced a knee ligament tear as the result of a sudden knee injury?

If your knee arthritis is accompanied by severe pain when standing or walking, please call New York City’s innovative knee surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik immediately and have someone drive you to our office for a consultation.

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If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms of a knee ligament tear below, please call New York City knee surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik immediately to schedule an appointment. If left untreated, knee ligament tears often become more severe over time. It’s ideal to have your knee ligament tear treated in its earlier stages.

  • Sudden, severe pain and swelling in and around the knee joint
  • Clicks or pops when the knee joint was injured
  • Inability to put weight on your leg or move your knee

Knee Ligament Anatomy

Your knees are the two largest joints in your body.

The knee joint is formed by your upper (Femur) and lower (Tibia, Fibia) leg bones. Each leg bone is covered by cartilage, separated by two discs (Minisci), that provide a surface for smooth movement.

There are four major knee ligaments that hold the leg bones together and provide stability.

  • Collateral Ligaments – These knee ligaments are found on the sides of the knees. The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is found on the inside of the, while the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) is found on the outside of the knee.
  • Cruciate Ligaments– These knee ligaments are found inside the knee joint, forming an “X”, controlling the back and forth motion of the knee. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is found in the front, with posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) found in the back.

Given the complexity of your knee ligaments, they are easy to injure and tear. They can also be a source of chronic pain from overuse, or previous injury, as you age.

Symptoms of Knee Ligament Tears

The symptoms associated with knee ligament tears include:

  • Sudden, severe, debilitating pain
  • A cracking or popping when injury occurred
  • Swelling around the knee joint
  • Looseness of the knee joint
  • Inability to put weight on the leg

Knee ligament tears most often occur during athletics or physically demanding activities, but may also happen during everyday activities.

Types of Knee Ligament Tears

The are four types of  knee ligament tears:

  • ACL tear – An ACL tear is the most common type of knee ligament tear and are more common in women than men. Unfortunately, the ACL ligament cannot be repaired. Once torn or stretched, ACL surgery is required to reconstruct the ligament.
  • LCL tear – A LCL tear is not a common knee ligament injury. Most LCL tears do not require surgery.
  • MCL tear – A MCL tear is a common knee ligament injury. Most MCL tears do not require surgery.
  • PCL tear – A PCL tear is the second most common type of knee ligament tear. Unfortunately, the PCL ligament cannot be repaired. Once torn or stretched, PCL surgery is required to reconstruct the ligament.

Knee Ligament Tear Treatment Options

In most cases a mild or moderate knee ligament tear can be treated through non-surgical means.

Collateral ligament tears – tears of the LCL or MCL – typically do not surgery. Unfortunately, cruciate ligament tears – tears to the ACL and PCL – cannot be repaired without surgery.

Dr. Vigdorchik is a strong believer in prioritizing non-operative treatment, only recommending surgery when most beneficial to you.

In order to the determine the best treatment option for you, Dr. Vigdorchik carefully considers the patient’s condition, medical history, lifestyle, and personal preferences.

Nonsurgical treatment options include:

  • Rest, ice, compression and elevation of the knee joint
  • Corticosteroids (injections that block inflammation)
  • Knee bracing
  • Physical therapy

Surgical treatment options include:

  • ACL tear surgery
  • LCL tear surgery
  • MCL tear surgery
  • PCL tear surgery

Knee Ligament Tear Articles

Learn more about knee ligament tears with these educational articles from Dr. Vigdorchik:

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Call us immediately

If you’re suffering from any of the symptoms of a knee ligament tear below, please call New York City knee surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik immediately to schedule an appointment. If left untreated, knee ligament tears often become more severe over time. It’s ideal to have your knee ligament tear treated in its earlier stages.

  • Sudden, severe pain and swelling in and around the knee joint
  • Clicks or pops when the knee joint was injured
  • Inability to put weight on your leg or move your knee

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