There are many things that knees should not do and twisting is one of them. The knee joint was not designed to twist and when you experience a twisted knee, you will know it from the pain. The ligaments are the tough bands of fibrous tissue connecting two bones, and the knee joint contains the PCL, also known as the Posterior Cruciate Ligament, and the ACL, which is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament. The ligaments connect the large bone of the lower leg (tibia) and the thigh bone (femur) at the knee joint. An “X” is formed by the PCL and ACL form inside the knee, giving stabilization to the knee against back-to-front or front-to-back forces.
When an individual suffers a twisted knee injury, there can be injury or tear to the cartilage or ligament, or a simple sprain, and a symptom is popping, which can occur with the tear of the meniscus and with injury of the ACL. With ACL injury, you may have a sensation of popping sound, but this may not be considered to be tear but a strain being suffered by the ligament.
You may need to visit Your Doctor
Twisted knee can cause a sprained knee where you injure a knee ligament. When you realize that you have twisted your knee, you should visit your doctor immediately. If you do not get treatment, you could have longer lasting knee pain.
If you notice knee pain from a twisted knee, you should use the “RICE” method. “RICE” stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. It is best to rest the knee for a few days so you do not further aggravate the knee or cause more pain. You should ice your knee a few times each day; the icing sessions should last about fifteen to twenty minutes. When you compress the knee, wrap it in an Ace bandage or wear a compression sleeve, just be sure that you do not wrap the knee too tightly or the swelling could get worse. Finally, elevate the knee by resting it on a few stacked pillows. You can also aid the “RICE” treatment by taking ibuprofen, like Advil or Motrin.
Trauma and Swelling
Twisted knee can have other symptoms besides just pain. You might have experienced bruising from the trauma that may have caused the spraining. You might not be able to move the knee or bear weight on your twisted knee. The knee may swell and you might feel warmth or redness in the affected joint.
Call an paramedic if necessary
Twisted knee can come with more serious problems. If the leg is broken or you cannot feel any sensation below the knee, you should immediately call a paramedic. Other problems with a twisted knee that should get you to call a paramedic are severe bleeding, high fever, or coldness in the feet.
A twisted knee or sprained knee is caused by overstretching. The ligament that hold the knee joint is over stretched and then the knee joint becomes less stable. Seriously twisted knee pain might need surgery to make the knee joint stable again. If you hear someone talk about ACL or PCL problems, they are talking about the anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments can be seriously damaged with sprained or twisted knee injuries.
Sports injuries are the most common causes of twisted knee. Athletes in cut-and-run sports can easily twist their knees when they stop and change directions suddenly. Dancers and those participating in dance-like aerobic activities can also suffer from twisted knee. You may hear a pop at the time of the injury. Your knee will suddenly feel weak because the ligaments can no longer support the weight of the body and maintain the structure of the knee.
Twisted knee can also happen to people who are not athletic. If you knee is struck by an object, you can also twist your knee. It can also happen if you fall. You can reduce your chance of a twisted knee by wearing good foot wear. Twisted knee is a potentially serious injury that should be treated immediately.