Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear

Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear

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Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear

Knee

What is Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear?

A direct blow to the inside of the knee can stretch the outer ligament, which holds the knee joint in place. This may cause the ligament to tear or become inflamed.

Lateral collateral ligament tears are common in sports that involve quick turns and stops, such as soccer and football. They also can occur during landing from a jump or fall, especially if there’s an abnormally high amount of force on one leg.

When this happens, you may hear a popping sound in your knee, feel pain in your knee joint, and have limited range of motion in that leg.

What are the types of Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear?

There are three grades of lateral collateral ligament tears:

Grade I: The ligament is partially torn and can cause pain, but it will heal on its own.

Grade II: The ligament is partially torn and heals with treatment from a doctor, physical therapist or orthopedic surgeon.

Grade III: The ligament is completely torn and requires surgery to repair it.

What are the causes of Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear?

A Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear occurs when this ligament becomes stretched or damaged. This can happen during strong twisting motions of the knee, such as when running or jumping.

A Lateral Collateral Ligament tear may also be caused by a degenerative condition of the knee, such as osteoarthritis.

Some common causes include:

  • Falls where you land on your outside leg
  • Sports injuries like skiing or basketball
  • Twisting an ankle while playing sports
  • Anatomical issues such as flat feet or leg length discrepancy (one leg is shorter than the other)
  • A direct blow to the side of the knee joint—like a kick in soccer or football
  • A twisting injury to the knee joint—like turning your ankles while playing basketball or dancing

What are the symptoms of Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear?

Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear is a serious condition that can result in chronic knee pain and instability. Lateral collateral ligament tears are common among athletes who participate in sports that require sudden changes in direction.

  • The symptoms of this condition include:
  • Pain at the outer side of your knee
  • Stiffness or locking of your knee
  • An inability to flex or extend your knee properly
  • A popping sensation when you bend or straighten your knee

How to prevent Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear?

To prevent a lateral collateral ligament tear, avoid hyperextension activities such as jumping jacks and squats, which put stress on the ligament. If you’re playing sports, wear proper protective gear at all times and make sure that your shoes are supportive enough to keep you stable during play.

If you’re worried about sustaining a LCL tear, there are some things you can do to prevent it from happening:

1) Wear proper athletic gear: protective pads, braces or taping

2) Warm up before exercising

3) Stretch well before beginning your training session or match

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What are the treatments for Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear?

Treatment options for lateral collateral ligament tears include:

Rest: If you have mild pain or swelling, resting or limiting activity until symptoms subside may be all that is needed to recover.

Ice: Applying ice packs can help reduce swelling and pain associated with an LCL tear. Use an ice pack wrapped in a towel or cloth for 20 minutes every two hours while awake until symptoms improve. Do not apply ice directly on skin as this could cause frostbite!

Compression: Using compression wraps around your knee may help reduce swelling and pain associated with an LCL tear. Be sure to apply them correctly – wrapping too tightly can cut off circulation and lead to other issues!

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What type of brace is used for Lateral Collateral Ligament Tear?

If you’ve been diagnosed with a lateral collateral ligament tear, you may be looking for the best brace to get back to sports.

Hinged knee braces are ideal for this injury because they provide strong support to the area that needs it most.

The following are benefits of wearing a hinged knee brace for a lateral collateral ligament tear:

  • They are adjustable so that they can fit comfortably on your leg and provide the right amount of support.
  • They come in different sizes so that everyone can find one that fits them perfectly.
  • They are made from sturdy material that won’t break or tear easily.

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