Pain in outer region of left knee

Patient

Q: Help! I have re injured my already injured knee by tripping up the stairs. A few months back I jumped down three feet onto a dock and injured what doctors are calling my LCL. I am supposed to go to on vacation tomorrow but my knee hurts when I am sitting down or standing up. Should I go get accesed by a real doctor again today or should I get crutches? I am currently wearing a brace.

Symptoms:  Sharp pain in outer region of left knee when standing up or sitting down, swelling, tenderness of affected area.
Doctor

A:   Hello. Welcome to Ask The Doctor.
It seems you have got Ligament Injury of your knee joints. This can be due to Anterior Cruciate or Posterior Cruciate ligament injury.
You would require MRI of the Knee.
Yes you should see a real doctor.
Also you should use crutches or support to walk till the diagnosis is confirmed.
The treatment of Ligament Injury would be by Arthroscopic surgery.
I hope it helps.

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