Can my twisted knee cause any ligament or meniscus tear?

Q. Can my twisted knee cause any ligament or meniscus tear?

Answered by
Shah Krishna Sunil
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 15, 2017 and last reviewed on: Jun 23, 2023

Hello doctor,

I was playing football yesterday, and as I stretched for the ball, my right leg which was in the air got caught at the end of my foot causing my foot to go outwards and my knee to twist. I continued to play, but my knee felt unstable, and I could sometimes feel a sharp pain on the inside of my knee. The pain was very isolated and only located in this area. There were no shooting pains down or up my leg. I am on no medications. I am trying to figure out if there is any minor ligament or meniscus damage. It does not hurt at all when doing the twist test. It only hurts on the medial side of my knee joint when bending my leg. What do you think it is and can it recover by the next weekend?



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  • I would like to know if there was swelling around the knee joint and if was there any clicking sound while twisting your knee.
  • I would recommend you give complete rest to your knee and do an ice pack three to four times a day for 15 to 20 minutes each time and see if you feel better.
  • If the pain persists then I would suggest you do an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) as that will give a clear picture of your ligaments and meniscus.

For more information consult a physiotherapist online -->

Thank you, doctor,

There was no swelling at all and no click when I first picked up the injury. The knee sort of clicks and locks sometimes now, but the pain is minimal, and I am making good improvements every day.



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  • It is good to hear that the pain is minimal now and that you are making good improvements.
  • For better performance, I would recommend you start with isometric knee exercises followed by dynamic strengthening knee exercises to get a full recovery from your injury.
  • You should also ensure that you do proper warm-up and cool-down sessions before getting involved in any sports injury and keep an ice pack handy in the near future. If you still feel pain, you can apply ice to the painful area.

Feel free to contact us for further queries.

For more information consult a physiotherapist online -->

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