What are Symptoms of a Multi-Ligament Knee Injury?
A multi-ligament knee injury is a very serious injury marked by pain, swelling, instability and joint deformity. Walking may become difficult, or even impossible, in some patients since the joint is not functioning as intended. Patients may also experience nerve and blood vessel damage during the traumatic event, leading to weakness, tingling and numbness.
How to Know if you have Sustained a Multi-Ligament Knee Injury
Patients are strongly encouraged to seek immediate care at a local ER if multiple torn ligaments in the knee occur. If the knee injury caused a dislocation, although a complete dislocation is very rare, prompt medical care will allow a physician to reduce the joint, or place back in its normal position. Once the joint is in place, Dr. Provencher will perform a complete medical review and physical examination of the injured knee. He will also perform a series of x-rays to examine the bony structures, as well as an MRI to examine full injury extent. Typically multi-ligament knee injuries involve either the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and/or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in possible combination with a medial collateral ligament injury. The MRI scan will allow Dr. Provencher to examine all of the surrounding soft tissues and determine which ligaments sustained damage, as well as damage severity.