A coronary ligament sprain triggers symptoms that strikingly resemble injury to the cartilage meniscus and often occur with lateral ligament injuries.
It is important to note that there are 2 coronary ligaments in the knee. These are a component of the fibrous joint capsule of the joint and positioned on the interior side and exterior of the joint. These attaches to the perimeters of the meniscus and to the neighboring region of the tibia.
The coronary ligament is responsible for affixing the meniscus to the bone as well as limit knee rotation. Injuries to the coronary ligament are typically acute and abrupt due to twisting of the knee.
A coronary ligament sprain has symptoms the same as a torn meniscus and often wrongly diagnosed. The symptoms include the following:
- Piercing pain during twisting motions
- Tenderness along the joint line of the knee
Oftentimes, swelling is not evident and the range of motion is not diminished but the end of movement can cause discomfort.
Management of a coronary ligament sprain
Once an individual is diagnosed with coronary ligament sprain, it should be properly treated. The individual should take a break or rest from any aggravating activities. Take note that complete rest might not be needed depending on the severity of the injury. The application of ice can help reduce the pain, swelling, bleeding and inflammation. In addition, a compression bandage can also be used to limit the swelling.
Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen might be prescribed by the doctor. In some cases, electrotherapy specifically ultrasound can be used. A rehabilitation program that aims on promoting full strength and flexibility of the knee is needed as soon as free from pain. In case this is not effective, arthroscopy or keyhole surgery might be required to diagnose and fix the injury.
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