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    What are the symptoms of a cruciate ligament injury?

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  • Dr Brett Collins

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Brett Collins is a Queensland trained orthopaedic surgeon who focuses on knee and shoulder surgery and has a special interest in sports related injuries. … View Profile

    Most cruciate ligament injuries are a sudden event. There may be an audible snap or popping sound as the injury occurs, followed by the leg buckling when trying to stand on it. The player usually has to come off the field of play. The injury is frequently followed by rapid swelling over the next 24 hours. These symptoms mean that you should get the knee seen and probably have an MRI. The symptoms of a cruciate ligament injury may sometimes resemble other conditions or medical problems.

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