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How do you treat an injury to the lateral collateral ligament?

How do you treat an injury to the lateral collateral ligament?

6-12 weeks: The lateral (fibular) collateral ligament is uncommonly injured, but if it is injured in isolation, it can be treated in a hinged knee brace x 6 wks and may heal on its own. Stress xrays can be used to measure if it heals. This is followed by strengthening and a return to activities between 8-12 weeks. Often, it requires a surgery to reconstruct it and the surrounding "posterolateral corner.". ...Read more

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How do you evaluate and treat lateral collateral ligament pain?

How do you evaluate and treat  lateral collateral ligament pain?

LCL evaluation knee: The lcl in the knee is evaluated at o degrees (full extension) and at 30 degrees of flexion with varus stress applied. Degree of opening is assessed by estimating in mm and comparing to opposite side; lcl sprains or tears are measured as grade i, ii, or iii. The posterolateral corner (e.g. Arcuate complex) should be assessed as well as the cruciate and medial collateral ligaments. Mri is also used. ...Read more

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I tore my lateral collateral ligament. How long does it take to heal without surgery?

I  tore my lateral collateral ligament. How long does it take to heal without surgery?

6-12 weeks: The lateral (fibular) collateral ligament is uncommonly injured, but if it is injured in isolation, it can be treated in a hinged knee brace x 6 wks and may heal on its own. Stress xrays can be used to measure if it heals. This is followed by strengthening and a return to activities between 8-12 weeks. ...Read more

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What causes lateral collateral ligament strain?

What causes lateral collateral ligament strain?

Large forces: Lateral collateral ligament strains are relatively uncommon. Lateral collateral injuries can occur with direct forceful blows to the inside of the knee, high energy trauma such as car accidents, motorcycle accidents, and falls from height. It can also be associated with other ligament injuries such as PCL and less commonly acl tears. ...Read more

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What is lateral collateral ligament laxity?

What is lateral collateral ligament laxity?

Loose ligament: Laxity is an orthopaedic term for looseness. Normally, ligaments don't really stretch much. If a ligament gets partially torn, it can be functionally lengthened which can make a joint unstable. Some people have more lax ligaments than others. If there are no symptoms of instability, no worries! ...Read more

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If I sprained my lateral collateral ligament what can be done to speed recovery so I can return to soccer?

If I sprained my lateral collateral ligament what can be done to speed recovery so I can return to soccer?

Brace: A lateral (fibular) collateral ligament injury can be treated in a hinged knee brace x 6 wks followed by strengthening and return to activities in 8-12 weeks. Stress xrays can help determine if it heals correctly. However, this is commonly associated with other ligament injuries and usually needs to be surgically reconstructed in this setting. That requires a wait of 1 year to return to sport. ...Read more

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What to do if I have swelling at fibular head where the lateral collateral ligament hooks in. could What to do if I have a stress fractur?

What to do if I have swelling at fibular head where the lateral collateral ligament hooks in. could What to do if I have a stress fractur?

Exam/ X-rays / rest: If u already 'know ' u have 'swelling' @ the proximal fibula w/ associated pain and no definitive injury then a stress fracture is possible. Get a thorough examination, X-rays by a board certified ORS . Bone scan and or MRI can be diagnostic.best of luck! ...Read more

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Constant knee pain seems lateral collateral ligament is tight & painful?

Constant knee pain seems lateral collateral ligament is tight & painful?

Many possibilities: The knee is an important weight bearing joint with a complex inner and outer structure. Your pain could be as a result of many different things. A thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams are needed to determine the exact cause. Causes of pain may include: trauma (fracture, tendon or ligamentous tear, arthritis), infection, and metabolic conditions. ...Read more

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Have I torn my lateral collateral ligament in my knee. Is surgery always needed?

Have I torn my lateral collateral ligament in my knee. Is surgery always needed?

No, but often: The lateral (fibular) collateral ligament is uncommonly injured, but if it is injured in the setting of other ligament injuries (acl, pcl), it needs to be reconstructed to help prevent the other ligament surgeries from stretching out over time. If it is injured in isolation, it can be treated in a hinged knee brace x 6 wks and may heal on its own. Stress xrays can be used to measure if it heals. ...Read more

Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more