LCL strain/tear

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INJURY TITLE

LCL strain/tear (lateral collateral ligament)

 

INJURY OVERVIEW

This is an jury occurring to the ligament on the outside of the knee.  It occurs from a force applied from the inside to the outside again with the knee usually bent slightly.  It is less common than MCL injury but is graded and treated similarly.

 

INJURY IN-DEPTH INFORMATION

This ligament is not only structured differently but also attaches differently to the one on the inside of the knee.  This ligament is smaller and weaker and is not stuck down completely.  Rupture of this ligament can be associated with other injuries causing too much rotation at the knee joint.  This can be very detrimental to recovery and further performance so sometimes this injury will require a surgical opinion.

 

COMMON SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

Graded the same as the MCL injury

 

HOW IS IT ASSESSED

As the MCL injury.

 

 

 

GENERAL TREATMENT

  • As the MCL injury.
  • Surgical repair does not fair aswell here and may require more in depth proceedures.
  • The rehabilitation is very similar to MCL injury but will vary again depending upon the severity of the injury.

 

Exercise Videos: i.e.

  • Rotator cuff strengthening
  • Pec stretch
  • etc

 

WHICH HEALTH PROFESSIONAL TO CONSULT

PHYSIO     X

MEDIC     X

PODIATRY     

Put an ‘X’ next to each health professional that most commonly deals with this injury.

i.e. tennis elbow would be Physio and Medic as injections are common, whereas for muscular LBP it would be Physio and not Medic as they would just refer them to a Physio.

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