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What can you do to tell that you have a torn knee ligament?

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Dr. Christopher Ferguson
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Exam/imaging: Start by seeing an orthopedic surgeon/sports medicine doc. They will discuss your injury and perform an exam. If not apparent on exam, an MRI is sometimes needed to confirm a ligament injury.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
MRI: Have it evaluated by a professional. They may need to order an MRI to tell for sure if there is a tear in the ligament.

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