Knee Sprain Diagnosis
A knee sprain is usually diagnosed after a series of hospital tests, most commonly a range of motion test and x-ray. The first and foremost duty of physicians is to rule out any obvious problems that could mimic the pain and tenderness associated with a knee sprain. Generally, this refers to torn ligaments and fractures. Patients need to refrain from self-diagnosing, as it is too simple to mistake a hairline fracture for a knee sprain.
When you experience an actual knee sprain, you will have caused injury to the ligaments that are surrounding the joint of your knee. This is easier done than you may realize. In some cases, it takes little more than stepping over the home’s threshold in a manner that provides an unsafe landing for your foot. In other cases, it is a sports injury or even a latent predisposition to ligament injuries that cause a knee sprain to occur in a situation where other patients might suffer only mild discomfort.
Knee Sprain Signs
Signs of suffering from a knee sprain vary, although one common denominator is the swelling of the knee area and the pain associated with placing any weight on the affected leg. Other patients notice that their legs tend to buckle toward the side when they are suffering from a knee sprain.
A knee sprain may be healed with time. The affected leg should be rested, and it is best to keep the ice pack handy and a billow ready for elevating the leg. Although the milder ligament injuries are not serious, they still take time to heal, and failure to take it easy on the leg with the knee sprain may make matters worse.