Lateral Collateral Ligament Injury - (LCL Injury)

The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) is one of the four knee ligaments. It spans the distance from the end of the femur (thigh bone) to the top of the fibula (thin, outer, lower leg bone) and is on the outside of the knee. The lateral collateral ligament resists widening of the outside of the joint.  A lateral collateral ligament injury happens from a direct force from the side of the knee, causing moderate to severe knee pain and ligament injury which often leads to knee surgery. It is much less frequent ligament injury than the medial collateral ligament (MCL) but commonly occurs with other ligament injury to the knee.

Diagnosis

Patients with a lateral collateral ligament injury will have lateral knee pain and a sense of giving way. An examination by a sports medicine specialist will note laxity in the lateral ligament with stress. If you have suffered a ligament injury and are now experiencing knee pain, our highly qualified orthopaedic specialists can make a diagnosis and recommend knee surgery or other treatment options to heal your injury.

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