Once the orthopedist analyzes your symptoms and clinical history, they will perform a thorough physical examination, paying special attention to the knee to check sensitivity, inflammation, movement capacity, and the state of the joint.
Likewise, a series of tests will be necessary to know the severity of the injury, such as X-rays, ultrasounds, and MRIs.
Immediate treatment for this type of injury focuses on reducing inflammation and pain, through:
- Limiting knee movement as much as possible.
- Applying ice to the affected area.
- Bandage with elastic compression cloth.
- Lie down with your leg raised by placing pillows under your knee.
Rehabilitation is important to minimize pain and inflammation, and regain strength and movement, so a physical therapist will design an exercise program to achieve this.
You will probably have to use crutches or some device that immobilizes your knee for some time because remember that your joint will not be able to support a lot of weight or make a lot of movement.
If your injury is serious, the alternative is surgery to reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament, in which the injured ligament is replaced with a piece of tendon from your knee or a deceased donor.
At the end of the surgery and after the necessary rest time, you can start a rehabilitation program that will help you recover knee movement, strength, and stability so you can continue playing sports or doing the activities you used to.
At the Orthopedics and Traumatology Center, we seek to improve the lives of patients restricted or immobilized by musculoskeletal disorders or injuries. We specialize in the care of the locomotor system by integrating the latest medical, biological, and technological advances, in strict adherence to the highest international standards of patient care. We treat injuries such as:
- Chronic bone and joint diseases.
- Spinal diseases.
- Joint replacements.