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IT IS IM­PER­A­TIVE TO SEEK IM­ME­DI­ATE PRO­FES­SIONAL HELP WHEN YOU IN­JURE YOUR KNEE

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - HEALTH - By Wina Stur­geon

Your foot slipped on a grassy field while you were run­ning or play­ing a game. You fell, and now your knee hurts. It hurts even more when you walk on it. Then it sud­denly starts to swell, which in­creases the pain.

Never, never, never just ap­ply ice to the knee and hope the pain and swelling will go away. Any knee in­jury needs to be med­i­cally ex­am­ined and di­ag­nosed. It can be a com­pletely torn lig­a­ment, re­quir­ing surgery. It may be a par­tially torn lig­a­ment, which will re­cover by it­self if al­lowed to rest so it can heal. Don’t take a risk of fur­ther in­jury by not get­ting a pro­fes­sional opin­ion.

Ac­cord­ing to the pop­u­lar site WEBMD. com, “The knee is one of the largest and most com­plex joints in the body. The knee joins the thigh bone (fe­mur) to the shin bone (tibia). The smaller bone that runs along­side the tibia (fibula) and the kneecap (patella) are the other bones that make the knee joint.” The site states that “Ev­ery year, at least 200,000 Amer­i­cans un­dergo

ACL re­con­struc­tion,” which cer­tainly makes or­thopaedic sur­geons very wealthy.

There are four ma­jor lig­a­ments that hold the knee to­gether and keep it sta­bilised. Each of th­ese lig­a­ments also holds

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