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Can you sprain a knee ligament?
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely
Sprains of knee ligaments are very common, with the inside ligament, the mcl, leading the way.
Acl tears often get the most attention, as they often require surgical reconstruction and athletes to miss 6-12 months of competition. A sprain, by definition, is a partial or full thickness tear of a ligament, a soft tissue structure connecting bone to bone.

In brief: Absolutely
Sprains of knee ligaments are very common, with the inside ligament, the mcl, leading the way.
Acl tears often get the most attention, as they often require surgical reconstruction and athletes to miss 6-12 months of competition. A sprain, by definition, is a partial or full thickness tear of a ligament, a soft tissue structure connecting bone to bone.
Dr. Frank Holmes
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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
3 doctors agree
In brief: I believe Yes
Sprains are injuries to the soft tissue like ligaments and tendons, implies inflammation but not fracture.
.. See what our sport injury or orthopedic dra have to say.

In brief: I believe Yes
Sprains are injuries to the soft tissue like ligaments and tendons, implies inflammation but not fracture.
.. See what our sport injury or orthopedic dra have to say.
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Dr Hernandez is exactly right. Knee sprains are common and usually involve ligaments (connections between bones) on the inside or outside of the knee. They are common injuries in sports, but any trauma can injure the ligaments. Most of the time they heal well with rest, ice/heat at the time of injury, compression and elevation. If your knee feels unstable, get it examined.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Certainly can!
There are several "ligaments" in the knee.
There is the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and the medial and lateral collatgeral ligaments. One can hurt other tendons and muscle attachments as well. If you suspect you have this, see your pcp, sports medicine or orthopedic doctor and get evaluated. Ice, rest and Ibuprofen may help in the interim.

In brief: Certainly can!
There are several "ligaments" in the knee.
There is the anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and the medial and lateral collatgeral ligaments. One can hurt other tendons and muscle attachments as well. If you suspect you have this, see your pcp, sports medicine or orthopedic doctor and get evaluated. Ice, rest and Ibuprofen may help in the interim.
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Dr. Allen Lu
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Yes
The definition of "sprain" is a tear. When someone tells you that you sprained your ankle, it means that you tore the ligament that stabilizes the ankle.
It scars over and heals, so we recover quite well. But the fact is it has torn. For the knee, a sprain means you tore something. It could be the mcl, which heals on its own. Or it could be the acl, which doesn't heal, or somewhere in between.

In brief: Yes
The definition of "sprain" is a tear. When someone tells you that you sprained your ankle, it means that you tore the ligament that stabilizes the ankle.
It scars over and heals, so we recover quite well. But the fact is it has torn. For the knee, a sprain means you tore something. It could be the mcl, which heals on its own. Or it could be the acl, which doesn't heal, or somewhere in between.
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