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What are the types of acute knee injury?

There is more than one type of acute knee injury, but here is something you need to know: Any injury can cause pain and discomfort, while also requiring specialized treatment.

Here are some of the most common types of acute knee injury:

-- Sprain or strain. This is an injury to the tendons and ligaments that support and connect the kneecap.

-- Ligament tears. These are among the most serious knee injuries. An example would be a tear of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) or anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

-- Fracture. It's possible to suffer a fracture of the kneecap, fibula, tibia or femur.

-- Kneecap dislocation. This is not a common injury, but it can be the result of twisting or extreme force to the area.

If you suffer any type of acute knee injury, it's important to receive immediate medical attention. This is the only way to learn more about your injury, including the type of treatment strategy that will help you make a full recovery.

Some acute knee injuries require surgery, such as most ligament tears, while others do not.

For those who perform physical labor at work, the chance of an acute knee injury is much greater. If you suffer this type of injury on the job, report the accident to your employer and then seek medical attention.

If your medical team suggests that you don't return to work immediately, you may want to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. This will allow you to receive financial assistance until you can return to work.

Source: Web MD, "Knee Problems and Injuries - Topic Overview," accessed June 20, 2017

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