Lateral-Colateral Ligament (LCL)

Background

Injuries to the LCL are rare and very commonly are associated with other injuries around the knee. Therefore a full assessment of the knee must be performed to identify any co-existing injuries. It occurs with collision injuries and causes pain and instability in the knee. 

Treatment

This can be surgical with a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses a graft to reinforce the LCL and provide stability to the knee that is lacking with a torn LCL.

Rehab

The rehab is under the guidance of our physiotherapy team and initially involves working on range of motion exercises within the brace. Once a full range of motion is established, muscle-strengthening work will commence. Gradually sport specific exercises are introduced into the rehabilitation with the aim to return to play once specific performance criteria are met. The final aspect of rehab is the introduction of an injury prevention programme that decreases the risk of further injury.