A strain of the coronary ligament (the meniscotibial ligament), which connects knee cartilage (menisci) onto the tibia. The knee joint becomes tender along the top of the tibia, but there is no locking ( Compare meniscal tear). It is usually caused by repeated rotational strains of the flexed, weight-bearing knee (e.g. through lateral tackles in rugby or soccer). Chronic ligament strain is common in middle-aged athletes who participate in activities such as squash, which requires frequent knee rotation. It is quite common for the pain to persist for several months, even if the patient rests. The condition usually responds well to ultrasound and hydrocortisone treatment.
Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.