A-Z of Injuries

Knee - Lateral Collateral Ligament Injuries

(LCL)

The lateral collateral ligament is located on the outside of the knee attaching the femur to the fibula. The injury occurs during sporting activity where the force to the knee joint causes over stretch of the lateral structures of the knee.

Signs & symptoms:

  • A history of trauma or twisting
  • Knee pain and swelling on outside of the knee
  • Knee pain when bending or straightening the knee

The immediate treatment includes POLICE, Protect, optimal loading, ice, compression and elevation. Depending on the severity of the tear it can take up to 6 weeks to recover.


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