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The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) is one of the four major ligaments that support the knee joint. Joining the femur with the tibia, it goes from the top of the tibia to the lower section of the femur. Its function is to allow lateral mobility of the knee joint and keep the outer side of the joint stable.
The most frequent injuries (tear and sprain) occur because of pressure or an injury that pushes the knee joint from the inside, which causes tension on the outside.
The symptoms of a lateral collateral ligament injury are:
it feels as if it would loosen when it is being used
An injury to the lateral collateral ligament can occur in the following situations:
If your lateral collateral ligament is injured you should apply ice to the area, in addition to anti-inflammatory drugs, raising the knee and avoiding physical activity until the pain and swelling subside.
The treatment for the injury depends on the damage caused and its severity: