Multiple ligament injury

What is a multiple ligament injury?

A multiple ligament injury is when two or more ligaments in the knee are damaged, which can make the knee joint very unstable.

How is it caused?

These types of injuries usually happen as a result of sports or traffic accidents. As well as damaging ligaments, these injuries can disrupt blood supply (vascular injury) and nerves (nerve injury) within the leg, which may require surgery.

What are the symptoms?

The knee will be extremely painful with swelling immediately after the injury.

How is it treated?

Multiple ligament injuries will usually require surgery to reconstruct the damaged ligaments and to treat the neurovascular injuries.

Important: This information is only a guideline to help you understand your treatment and what to expect. Everyone is different and your rehabilitation may be quicker or slower than other people’s. Please contact us for advice if you’re worried about any aspect of your health or recovery.