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Roselle, IL
A 20-year-old male asked:

I tweaked my right knee playing basketball last year and now when i put pressure on it at certain angles, it just gives out. what could this be?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mike Moore
Dr. Mike Mooreanswered
Family Medicine 9 years experience
See your doctor...: You may have sprained, or tore a tendon or ligament. Beyond analgesics, rest, ice, compression, & elevation it is necessary to consult a physician (orthopedic) for a complete evaluation of your knee. You may need imaging studes to fully diagnose the problem.
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics 35 years experience
Knee gives out: It is time to be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon with an expertise in sports injuries. It sounds as if you may have a collateral ligament injury but there are numerous other ligament or tendon injuries that may be responsible. It is likely that an MRI will be required to confirm the diagnosis.
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Dr. Hanriet Minasian
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Ligament/meniscus: You may have injured a ligament or damaged the mediscus in your knee. First line treatment should include anti inflammatory medications, bracing, and physical therapy. If no relief within a reasonable time, an MRI is warranted to evaluate the ligaments of the knee and the menisci. Get evaluated sooner than later so that you minimize risk of further injury.
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Last updated Mar 7, 2015

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