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Knee Soft tissue injury

A soft tissue injury is described as an injury that affects the muscles, tendons or ligaments in the knee.

A ligament injury is often associated with a sudden stretch to the ligament which can cause it to be partial or completed torn. The most common ones affected in the knee are the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL).

A muscle injury often called a pull or a strain is associated with a muscle being over stretched or torn. Most common are the quadriceps (at the front of the thigh) and the hamstrings (at the back of the thigh).

A tendon attached the muscle to the bone, just like ligament and muscles they can be over stretched and this can result is mirco tears or a complete tear. The most common are the tendons are your knee cap called your quadriceps tendon or the patella tendon.

When to seek advice

If you have severe pain affecting your sleep and daily activities, if you have had a serious injury or you have symptoms that have not improved with self-management, you should contact your GP practice. If you have a red, hot swollen joint please ring 111