Whenever a ligament in the knee begins to be overstretched or tear, there will be immediate pain. You may hear a ‘popping’ sound at the time of injury indicating that there is a possible tear to a ligament in the knee. Whichever side of the knee is painful helps to determine which of these ligaments may be injured. There are other symptoms that you may experience along with pain located on the left or right side of the knee that can help you to identify a collateral ligament tear. These symptoms include one or all of the following:
● Swelling of the knee
● A pink color, or redness and warmth of the knee
● Pain located on the left or right side of the knee
● A feeling of lack of stability and weak knees that cannot carry your normal weight
● Pain experienced when attempting to passively move the knee through its normal range of motion
An increased body temperature as the body attempts to stave off infectionIf You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
It is important to always protect your knees, especially when playing sports. Even if you are not an athlete, you should protect your knees from unexpected injury, which can lead to chronic knee pain. Patients can lower their risk of collateral ligament tears by:
Regularly stretching your knee in various forms and maintaining flexibility in the surrounding structures
Exercising the knee and building stronger muscle tissue
Strength training to not only strengthen the muscles surrounding the knee, but the ligaments as well, adapting them to be able to withstand greater forces
Wearing protective knee pads or other gear when playing sports.