Posted on: May 10, 2013
Although they rank among the most common sports-related injuries, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and meniscus injuries are often misdiagnosed and/or perpetuated.
To understand the issues around diagnosis, we sat down with Victor Khabie, M.D. , FAAOS, FACS, Chief of the Department of Surgical Services, Co-Chief of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Co-Director of the Orthopedic and Spine Institute, and Director of Sports Medicine at Northern Westchester Hospital…
To achieve timely diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Khabie stresses the importance of physicians and athletic coaches recognizing the signs of each injury and knowing when it is appropriate to refer to a specialist.
According to Dr. Khabie, the signature characteristic of an ACL injury is an audible pop in the knee accompanied by swelling, difficulty walking and an inability to continue certain activities. While MCL and meniscus injuries also result in swelling and pain, athletes may still be able to move and participate, albeit in a diminished capacity. Patients may attempt to treat these injuries at home with propping and icing; however, many find their injuries do not improve.