Your lateral collateral ligament (LCL) stabilizes the outside of your knee. Injury to this ligament is rare, and, when it does occur, is often found alongside multiple other traumatic injuries. Injury to the LCL results in decreased knee stability.
An LCL tear/sprain most commonly occurs after an inside-to-outside force on the knee, or a major trauma (car accident, fall, assault, etc).
– Poor lower body mechanics.
– Hip weakness.
– Poor lower body mobility.
– Pain on outside of knee.
– Difficulty walking.
– Decreased knee range of motion.
At Home Diagnostic Tests
– None — see symptom checklist.
At Home Care
– Begin edema management immediately – elevation, ankle pumps, ice, NSAIDs as needed, compression.
– Crutches as needed for walking.
When to Seek Help
If you are experiencing the above symptoms, please see your physical therapist immediately. Your physical therapist will provide a comprehensive evaluation and determine if you need medical imaging or further assessment by an orthopedic surgeon, as well as provide immediate treatment to get you feeling and moving better – you won’t find this in an orthopedic quick care or PCP’s office!