Lateral Collateral Ligament Sprains
LCL sprains are common in athletes, especially those who participate in direct contact sports like soccer and football. Most patients experience this injury after suffering a blow to the knee during a sports practice or game – either after suffering a low tackle or accidentally colliding with another player.
The LCL, which helps to keep your knee joint stable, is located on the outer side of the knee.
How does an LCL Sprain occur?
The LCL is often injured by a twisting motion or from a blow to the inner side of the knee when your knee is pushed outside its typical range of motion.
- Pain on the outer side of your knee, generally sharp pain and soreness.
- Swelling and tenderness in your knee.
- Feeling of your knee giving way.
- You hear or feel a pop or snap at the time of injury.
- Apply ice to the painful area.
- Keep your knee elevated whenever possible by placing a pillow underneath it until the swelling goes away.
- Your healthcare provider may recommend that you take an anti-inflammatory or additional pain medication.
- Gentle range of motion exercises to maintain range of motion in the knee may be recommended by your healthcare provider.
- Your healthcare provider may decide that surgical reconstruction of the LCL is necessary and will discuss this as well as other treatment options with you.