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Knee Sprain in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is a knee sprain?

A knee sprain is a stretched or torn ligament in your child's knee. Ligaments support the knee and keep the joint and bones in the correct position. A knee sprain may involve one or more ligaments.

Knee Anatomy

What increases my child's risk for a knee sprain?

What are the signs and symptoms of a knee sprain?

How is a knee sprain diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will ask about the injury and examine your child. Tell the provider if a snap or pop was heard when your child was injured. The provider will check the movement and strength of your child's joint. Your child may be asked to move the joint. He or she may also need any of the following:

How is a knee sprain treated?

Treatment depends on the type and cause of your child's knee sprain. Your child may need any of the following:

How can I manage my child's knee sprain?

How can another knee sprain be prevented?

Your child should exercise his or her legs to keep the muscles strong. Strong leg muscles help protect your child's knee and prevent strain. The following may also prevent a knee sprain:

When should I call my child's pediatrician?

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