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Knee Tearing Sensation Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your knee tearing sensation symptoms, including 5 causes and common questions.

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Contents

  1. 5 Possible Knee Tearing Sensation Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

5 Possible Knee Tearing Sensation Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced knee tearing sensation. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Knee sprain (lcl)

The LCL is the ligament on the outside of the knee, keeping it from bending away from the body. It is most commonly injured while playing sports (ouch!) when a force is placed on the knee from the inner half of the knee.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: pain in one knee, knee pain from an injury, knee injury, pain in the outside of the knee, sports injury

Symptoms that always occur with knee sprain (lcl): pain in one knee, knee pain from an injury

Symptoms that never occur with knee sprain (lcl): mild knee pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Dislocated kneecap

A dislocated kneecap is when the bone that covers the knee joint, the kneecap or patella, is moved out of place. The kneecap is normally held in place by tendons that connect it to muscles around the knee joint. Dislocation can be caused by planting the foot and twisting a flexed knee, direct trauma to the knee, or hyperextending the knee.

Symptoms include a feeling of the knee "giving way," severe knee pain, a limited range of motion of the knee, as well as swelling or a dislocation that is a noticeable bulge in the leg.

Treatments include pain medication, manual or surgical reduction of the knee, rest and at-home remedies, and physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: pain in one knee, knee pain from an injury, knee injury, swollen knee, knee instability

Symptoms that always occur with dislocated kneecap: kneecap sliding out to the side, knee pain from an injury

Urgency: In-person visit

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Knee (mcl) sprain

The medical collateral ligament (MCL) links the thigh bone and the shin bone on the inner side of the knee joint. An MCL sprain is any damage done to this ligament (usually through twisting/force during sports).

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: pain in one knee, knee pain from an injury, knee injury, pain in the inside of the knee, sports injury

Symptoms that always occur with knee (mcl) sprain: pain in one knee, knee pain from an injury

Symptoms that never occur with knee (mcl) sprain: mild knee pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Acl injury

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is a super-important tendon that connects the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin), keeping the tibia from flying forward every time a step is taken. Tearing happens in a lot of accidents and sports, unfortunately.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: knee pain, pain in one knee, knee instability, swollen knee, knee pain from an injury

Symptoms that always occur with acl injury: knee pain

Symptoms that never occur with acl injury: mild knee pain

Urgency: Hospital emergency room

Meniscal injury

The menisci are the two pieces of cartilage serving as shock absorbers in the knee, between the lower end of the thighbone and the top of the shinbone. A torn meniscus is commonly referred to as "torn cartilage" in the knee.

Damage to a meniscus often happens along with another injury to the knee, especially when there is any forceful, twisting movement or a direct hit such as a tackle.

Older people may tear a meniscus through normal activity if the cartilage has become thin and worn due to aging.

Symptoms include pain, stiffness, and swelling. The knee will simply not work correctly and may catch, lock up, or give way.

Diagnosis is made through patient history, physical examination, simple motion tests, and imaging such as x-ray or MRI.

Depending on the exact form of the injury, the tear may be allowed to heal on its own with supportive care such as rest, ice, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory pain medication. In other cases, arthroscopic surgery followed by rehabilitation may be needed.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: pain in one knee, knee stiffness, knee instability, pain in the inside of the knee, swollen knee

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Knee Tearing Sensation

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Did you recently injure your knee?
  • Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall, collision, accident or sports trauma)?
  • How did you hurt your knee?
  • Where is your knee pain?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

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Knee Tearing Sensation Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced knee tearing sensation have also experienced:

  • 20% Knee Pain
  • 8% Moderate Knee Pain
  • 7% Swollen Knee

People who have experienced knee tearing sensation were most often matched with:

  • 40% Knee Sprain (Lcl)
  • 33% Dislocated Kneecap
  • 26% Knee (Mcl) Sprain

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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