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Knee injuries in rugby are very common due to nature of the sport which can be gradual wear and tear or damage from impact and trauma.

Here we discuss two common knee injuries rugby player may experience:

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury

The ACL connects the thighbone to the shinbone, stabilising the knee joint, and is a common injury in rugby players due to quick twists and turns of the body.

Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty bearing weight on the knee
  • Swelling of the knee
  • Pain and ‘popping’ in the knee

Treatment consists of ACL reconstruction surgery which can be carried out via a minimally invasive approach, and consists of taking tissue from somewhere else in your body, or from a donor, to replace the damaged ligament.

Meniscus tear

The meniscus is cartilage between the shinbone and thighbone that absorbs shock. It can be injured through sudden changes in direction.

Symptoms include:

  • Sudden knee pain
  • Swelling of the knee
  • Difficulty bending or extending the knee

Treatment can involve surgery to repair the damaged tissue, or surgery to replace the whole meniscus.

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You can book either a face to face or virtual consultation with Mr Makrides by contacting his secretary. You can find her details here.

Appointments are available via private medical insurance or paying for yourself. Click here for the most up to date self funding fees, and here for private medical insurance information.


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