Ligaments and tendons are sturdy connective tissue structures that help your knee function. Tendons connect muscles to bones; ligaments connect bones with other bones. Because your knee is a large and complex joint, injuries to these tissues are common. Knee ligament and tendon injuries can be mild or severe, but the good news is that they can usually be treated effectively.
The board-certified orthopedic experts at Dignity Health use the latest and most advanced technologies to treat injuries to knee tendons and knee ligaments in Arizona. To Find a Doctor, use our online tool or call (877) 634-0285. Learn more about lifestyle choices and medical conditions that may put you at risk of developing a knee injury or knee pain.
What Causes Knee Ligament & Tendon Injuries?
Tendons and ligament are strong and flexible, which helps the knee joint bend. However, the knee is not designed to twist. A twisting motion can cause damage to knee tendons and ligaments.
A sudden change of direction while putting downward force on the knee joint is a common way knee ligament and tendon injuries occur. That’s why athletes who play sports such as football, soccer, and skiing are more likely to experience a knee injury. Our sports medicine program can help you get back on your feet — whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior.
Falls and car accidents are another common cause of damage to knee tendons and ligaments.
Preventing Knee Injury
If you choose to participate in a high-risk sport, preventing knee injuries can be difficult. However, warming up before you play and cooling down afterward may reduce your risk of tearing a tendon or ligament.
Treating Injuries to Knee Ligaments & Knee Tendons at Dignity Health
The specific treatment plan you receive will depend on the severity of your injury. Dignity Health offers complete care, including treatment for pain, nutritional counseling, and orthopedic physical therapy. Our goal is to get back to doing what you love.
In general, a mild knee tendon or ligament injury — often called a knee sprain — might be treated with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). An over-the-counter pain reliever, such as ibuprofen, may also be helpful.
Serious injuries to ligaments and tendons often require knee surgery. A complete tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), for example, usually needs ACL surgery to repair it. To fully regain joint function after surgery, you may need a few weeks or months of rehabilitation.
Dignity Health offers complete, compassionate care for injuries to knee tendons and knee ligaments in Arizona.