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A knee sprain occurs after a tear or stretch to a knee ligament. Symptoms of knee sprains are temporary, but can cause significant knee pain.
While you may not be able to prevent the cause of knee strain in Arizona, Dignity Health can help you do something about the pain. Find an orthopedic expert by calling 877.634.0285 or by using our online Find a Doctor tool.
Dignity Health offers the latest innovative and advanced treatments to help relieve your joint pain and get you back to doing what you love. If you hurt yourself while exercising or playing a sport, our sports medicine program can help you get back on your feet.
Knee sprains can happen to anyone, but are often caused by sports injuries. They happen when the knee is twisted or bent in the wrong direction, such as when:
Knee pain symptoms may begin immediately after the injury or develop shortly after. When you sprain your knee, you may experience:
The treatment of knee sprains usually starts with rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). Your doctor may also recommend crutches to keep weight off your knee and an over-the-counter pain reliever. A brace or splint may be necessary to keep the knee from moving while it heals. Orthopedic physical therapy, including rehabilitation exercises, may help strengthen your knee and prevent future injuries.
Sprained knees are usually caused by an accident. However, you may be able to prevent a sprained knee by:
Ask your doctor or physical therapist about wearing a knee brace during exercise or sporting activities if you are at risk or prone to injuries.
Dignity Health provides treatment and pain management options for knee sprains in Arizona.