Injury Diagnosis

In clinic the specialist knee surgeon will speak to you and examine your knee. He will need to enquire about the exact mechanism of the injury and what has happened previously, if anything. He can then decide the appropriate management for your problem. You may need to come back once any swelling has reduced to allow the knee to be re-examined or you may need to go for further X-rays and scans (MRI).

How is the knee injured? How is each injury caused?
One of the ways to diagnose a knee injury is to look at exactly how it was damaged.



Unusual level of activity on your knees compared to normal

Injury not severe enough to cause damage

Sprain, upset of previously worn knee


Twisting movement with foot on ground

May feel a pop

Unable to play on

Anterior cruciate ligament rupture

Force on a bent knee either by falling or when the shin hits the dashboard in road traffic accidents

Posterior cruciate ligament partial or complete rupture

Contact sporting injury

Blow onto the side of the knee

Medial Collateral ligament (MCL) or

Lateral Collateral

ligament (LCL) sprain

Weight bearing

Twisting injury

Knee then locking

Meniscus tear

Sudden twisting on slightly bent knee with feeling kneecap jumping out of joint.

Patella (kneecap) dislocation

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