• Nuffield Hospital Leeds

    2 Leighton street, Leeds, LS1 3EB
    Main switchboard: 0113 388 2000
    Out-patient bookings: 0113 388 2067

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    BMI The Duchy Hospital Harrogate

    Queens Road, Harrogate, HG2 OHF
    Main switchboard: 01423 567136
    Out-patient bookings: 0808 101 0337

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    Spire Methley Park Hospital

    Methley Lane, Methley, Leeds, LS26 9HG
    Main switchboard: 01977 518518
    Out-patient bookings: 01977 518518

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  • Team Sports Injuries

    Whether contact or ‘non-contact’, team sports that involve rapid,
    twisting movements produce the greatest number of knee injuries.

    As with all knee injuries, it’s important to seek prompt, accurate
    diagnosis from a specialist knee consultant to ensure the best
    recovery speed and outcome. That’s true whether the knee injury
    is a simple sprain, a complex multi-ligament injury or fracture.

    Fail to recognise an ACL injury, for example, and it could lead to
    further major injury once you resume twisting activities. Not
    only could that compromise the long-term outcome and keep
    you from the sport you love for longer; it could increase the
    risk of premature arthritis.

    Sprains and Tears (Medial Collateral Ligament)

    Simple sprains can be managed with the help of a physiotherapist and early mobilisation (i.e. use of the joint). More major tears, however, require a hinged brace (splint), which your knee clinic needs to provide within a week or so.

    With bracing, most MCL (medial collateral ligament) injuries heal and you’re likely to make an excellent recovery. But delays in seeing your knee consultant can lead to an unstable knee. This can sometimes result in requiring knee ligament surgery, with less predictable results.

    Find out more about MCL, PCL & complex ligament injuries

    Ligament Rupture (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)

    A rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the most serious ligament injury. It can cause the knee to become unstable particularly when twisting (for example when you plant your foot and the studs catch in the ground). Longer term, it increases the risk of the knee wearing out early (osteoarthritis).

    Sometimes these knee injuries can be managed with physiotherapy alone. More commonly, they require a combination of physiotherapy and ACL reconstruction surgery. To improve your chances of making the best possible recovery and avoiding further injury, seek specialist advice from the Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s orthopaedic consultants immediately after a suspected ACL injury.

    Read more about ACL Injuries

    Knee Cartilage Tears

    In any high speed sport that involves twisting, your knee menisci (the shock absorbing knee cartilages that sit at the end of the bones) are at risk. Damage can often occur when your foot gets caught on the ground with the body twisting. The medial (inner) meniscus is more commonly torn, and this can cause knee pain and sometimes locking.

    Small tears can heal and symptoms may settle down but if discomfort continues to limit your activities beyond 4-6 weeks, orthopaedic surgery including knee arthroscopy (simple keyhole surgery) may be advised. If you have a ‘locked’ knee which you cannot fully straighten, seek urgent assessment from your Yorkshire Knee Clinic specialist. In these cases, we often advise early surgery to try to save the meniscus and/or restore movement.

    Find out more about meniscal cartilage injuries