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City Physiotherapy Clinics perform an initial assessment where our qualified physiotherapists assess you current condition and suggested treatment. Please contact us to book an initial assessment or call us on 0121 411 9626 to discuss how we can best assist you. We have clinics located in Birmingham & West Midlands and are happy to offer home visits throughout the West Midlands.

Ligament injuries

Ligament injuries usually occur from abnormal movements of the knee which cause damage to the Cruciate ligaments or the Collateral ligaments.

Cruciate Ligaments (ACL and PCL)

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the one of the most commonly injured ligaments in the human body, often seen by doctors and then treated with physiotherapy. It is caused by a non-impact ‘twisting’ movement i.e. slowing down quickly and then changing direction.

The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is more rarely injured. It may however be injured following severe trauma.

Collateral Ligaments (MCL and LCL)

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is located on the inside of the knee; it is commonly injured by contact from the outside of the knee and subsequent pain felt on the inside. The MCL has a good ability to heal as it has a good blood supply. Giving physiotheraoy treatment of this injury, early range of movement is important along with strengthening the muscles around the knee joint.

The lateral collateral ligament is on the outside of the knee joint. It is less commonly injured, but it can be over-stretched by a direct blow to the inside of the knee. Initial treatment for most ligament injuries is to follow the P.R.I.C.E regime:

  • Protection – from making the injury worse. This may include rest or crutches
  • Rest – this will allow the healing process to continue
  • Ice – this causes a narrowing of the blood vessels and therefore prevents any unnecessary excessive bleeding and swelling. Ice should never be applied directly to the skin.
  • Compression – can easily be carried out with tubi-grip, this will help reduce the swelling
  • Elevation – raising the injured limb in order to drain the fluid into the lymphatic system

Anterior knee pain

Anterior knee pain refers to pain at the front of the knee, this type of pain is often caused by inflammation of the patellar (knee cap) tendon. Physiotherapy can help this condition, it will include a specially designed home exercise programme that will need to be carried out on a regular basis in order to reduce the pain.