Knee sprains are typically sports related injuries. They are the injury to one or more of the ligaments in the knee. These injuries can be quite minor, but they can also be quite serious and result in necessary surgical repair. The most common sport for knee sprains is football and rugby due to the tackling. Then the next is basketball due to the twisting that can occur during pivots and other movements. Therefore, the players of these sports should have a heightened awareness about the diagnosis and treatment of knee sprains, so that when they occur they can be recognized and prevented. Ligament injuries of the knee often result in a period of time resting from the sport and if the injury is serious enough that it needs surgery, and then the person cannot return to the game until after the physical therapy occurs after the surgery. It is essential to take care of the injury as best as possible to make sure that you can return to the sport quickly and with confidence.
However, the trouble with sports and knee injuries especially with rugby and football is that often the players will try and play through the injury. It is important to recognize the injury and then rest and treat it, so that it does not get injured further and result in a more serious injury. Football and rugby tend to be very macho sports that the players have a lot of pride about their game, so often injuries are seen as a sign of weakness, or they will sacrifice their own health for the sake of the team and play through the pain to obtain a win. It is essential with knee sprains to not do this. Knee sprains can be very serious injuries and therefore should be diagnosed and treated immediately to heighten the speed and level of recovery. It is also very important to have physical therapy as part of the recovery of knee sprains because it will help to strength the joint again without re-injury. It will also help to prevent future injuries of the same kind. Preventing injury in the same area again should be taken seriously because ligaments are a joint related injury. Injuries to the same joint over and over again can result in arthritis, and this is a serious condition that can really limit mobility and activity; and reduce mobility are really something that an athlete does not want to occur. Knee sprains should be taken seriously and definitely not just put on the back burner in the hopes that it will just heal itself. There is definitely a treatment plan that should be followed.