Understand the most common symptoms of an unhappy triad injury
Since the unhappy triad is a combination of a torn ACL, torn MCL, and torn meniscus the symptoms offer mirror symptoms from all three of those injuries. The symptoms also will vary depending on the severity and extent of each tear. There is normally more pain, swelling, and bruising when the tears are complete tears and the pain and swelling may be less when there are partial tears involved in the unhappy triad. With any knee injury it is normally difficult and painful to walk and move the knee. This is especially true for the unhappy triad knee injury.
Common Symptoms for the Unhappy Traid
Symptoms for the unhappy triad can range and combine symptoms from an ACL tear, MCL tear, and torn meniscus. The most common symptoms that someone with an unhappy triad injury are below.
- A popping sound at the time of injury
- Sever swelling of the knee
- Bruising on or around the knee
- Pain that ranges from mild to severe
- The knee feels unstable or that it may give out
- Stiffness in the knee
- The knee feels like it is catching or locking
- Unable to move the knee