The knee is one of the most complicated joints in the body, and, of course, is vital to movements. Given that it has to take your full body weight it is especially vulnerable to pain and being damaged.
Knee ligaments connect the lower leg and the thigh bone, and are made up of a band of tough fibrous connective tissue.
Particularly if you play contact sports, sudden knee pain tends to be very common. That’s especially so if the ligaments or cartilage become damaged, causing the joint to swell.
There are four knee ligaments in all, including the anterior cruciate ligament and around a fifth of all sports-related knee injuries involve this ligament. If it becomes torn, sometimes a crack or pop can be heard at the time.
The symptoms of a torn knee ligament where the ACL is affected include:
• Severe pain
• The knee feels unstable, so that you are not able to put very much weight on it
• A swollen knee
• A lack of the full range of movement in the knee
• An inability to straighten your leg
In the worst cases, the symptoms of a torn knee ligament can be so severe that reconstructive surgery is the only way forward.
Many sports players start to feel the symptoms of a torn knee ligament after a sudden change in direction or a twisting movement, and these injuries are particularly common in sports where there is a lot of running, such as football or rugby.
However, you can also experience the symptoms of a torn knee ligament during a sporting accident which was no fault of your own. If that happens to you, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation if the incident took place within the last three years.
Experiencing the symptoms of a torn knee ligament?
If you find yourself in this situation, don’t suffer in silence, Accident Advice Helpline can help you claim the maximum amount of compensation to which you may be entitled, and this is money you may need to travel to medical appointments or to cover lost earnings because you’ve missed work.
We’ll take up your case on a ‘no win, no fee*’ basis, so it won’t cost you anything to start your claim. Get things started by talking in confidence to one of our advisers today. Call Accident Advice Helpline free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim for compensation.