Although majority of knee ligament injuries involve only one ligament, there may be occurrences that lead to multiple ligament injuries at the same time.
They may result from a fall from heights, a direct hit to knee in any sports activity or from an accidental collision. The knee may thus dislocate that has the potential to damage the nerves and arteries of the leg. A multi-ligament injury requires immediate care due to the severity of the injury.
How do you know if you have a multi-ligament knee injury?
You may experience:
- Pain and swelling
- Instability of the knee
- Popping sound while moving the knee
- Walking difficulty
Majority of multi-ligament injuries need immediate surgeries to repair the damage and prevent further vascular and nerve damage. Surgical reconstruction is made with the help of autografts or allografts to restore the knee anatomy. Multi-ligament injuries are usually repaired in a single surgery or sometimes multiple surgeries since the ligaments of the knee rely on each other.