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Our Approach to Treating

Knee Sprains, Strains & Tears

Sports medicine doctors at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center specialize in diagnosing knee sprains, strains, and tears. These injuries may affect ligaments, tendons, muscles, or cartilage.

Knee injuries are common among athletes—especially those who play contact sports, such as football and soccer. But they can happen to anyone. For instance, they may occur as a result of an accident, a fall, or even a misstep.

Our orthopedic physicians and surgeons specialize in helping you recover fully from a knee injury, whether you need nonsurgical treatment or reconstructive surgery. Regardless of the type of treatment you receive, physical therapists at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation ensure that you rebuild strength, restore range of motion, and regain mobility as quickly as possible.

VIDEO: Dr. Laith Jazrawi, Dr. Michael Alaia, and Dr. Eric Strauss explain some common knee conditions and treatments.

Treatment for Knee Sprains, Strains, and Tears

Treatment for people with knee sprains, strains, and tears may include rest, ice, heat, compression, elevation, immobilization, injections, physical and occupational therapy, and scar tissue removal. For people with certain types of severe tears, surgery may be recommended.

Our Research and Education in Knee Sprains, Strains and Tears

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.