Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury
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This is a stretching or tearing of a ligament on the outer side of your knee. The lateral collateral ligament, commonly called the "LCL", connects the femur to the fibula. The LCL helps stabilize your knee. This ligament, along with the medial collateral ligament, helps prevent excessive side-to-side movement of your knee joint. It helps keep the upper and lower leg aligned properly.
What are lateral collateral ligament injuries?
This detailed video describes LCL injuries, including their causes, symptoms, and treatment. Many LCL injuries can be treated with rest, ice and physical therapy. You may benefit from a knee brace. If these are not helpful, you may benefit from surgery to repair the damage. Your healthcare provider can develop a care plan that is right for your needs.