Dr. Goodhart is a Carrollton, TX based orthopedic surgeon providing effective treatment for a wide range of knee conditions. He uses advanced surgical and non-surgical techniques to treat injuries to the knee ligaments – ACL, MCL, PCL or LCL.

Knee Ligament Injury

Ligaments are thick bands of tissue that hold together the bones within a joint. The knee comprises of four main ligaments – Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) and Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL). Excessive stress on these ligaments can cause them to stretch or tear. The injury may range from a mild sprain to a complete rupturing of the ligament. Athletes involved in soccer, football, basketball, skiing, gymnastics and other
high-impact sports are more susceptible to knee ligament injury.

Causes Of Knee Ligament Injury

  • Direct blow or trauma to the knee
  • Overstretching of muscles
  • Sudden twisting
  • Landing or jumping on a bent knee
  • Sudden halt while running
  • Rapid transfer of weight from one leg to another
  • Hyperextending the knee joint

Symptoms Of Knee Ligament Injury

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling and instability
  • Bruising and discoloration
  • Popping or snapping sound at the time of injury
  • The joint may feel loose
  • Inability to bear weight on the affected leg
  • Difficulty walking
  • Feeling that the knee may give out

Diagnosis Of Knee Ligament Injury

To diagnose a knee ligament injury, the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton may conduct a physical examination and ask the patient to move the leg to assess range of motion. Imaging scans such as X-ray, CT scan or MRI may be required to determine the extent of damage caused to the ligaments.

Treatment For Knee Ligament Injury

  • RICE Therapy: This includes taking rest, applying ice packs at frequent intervals, compressing the joint with an elastic bandage and keeping the leg elevated. Following RICE therapy after the injury may help to reduce pain.
  • Medications: The orthopedic surgeon may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to provide relief from pain and inflammation.
  • Braces: Wearing a knee brace or cast may help in taking pressure off the affected knee and preventing further damage to the injured ligament.
  • Physical Therapy: Performing light stretching and strengthening exercises may help to improve the range of movement as well as strengthen the muscles of the knee joint.
  • Surgery: Surgical treatment is usually recommended for ACL injuries. The procedure involves reconstructing the torn ligament with the help of a tendon graft taken from another body part.  

For effective treatment of knee ligament injury, visit Dr. Goodhart. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492 – 1334.