Torn LCL

About Torn LCL:

A torn LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament), involves a ligament on the outer part of the knee joint. The LCL is a thin band that connects from the femur to the fibula. Similar to that of the MCL, the LCL’s function is to supplement stability to the knee during movement. This injury can affect your knee joint stability and can include straining, spraining, and a partial or complete tear of the affected area.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain and swelling
  • Tenderness may occur along the outer part of the knee
  • Feeling of looseness in the knee
  • May cause numbness or weakness in the foot

How is it Treated?

  • Physical Therapy and temporary bracing
  • Surgical intervention may be required. Seeing an orthopedic specialist should be considered.

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