Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Injury

The human knee is one of the most complex joints in the body. It supports our body weight and allows us to perform a wide range of movements such as walking, running, jumping, and more. However, due to its complex nature, the knee is also highly susceptible to injuries. One such injury is a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) tear or sprain. In this article, we will take an in-depth look at the LCL, its functions, common injuries, diagnosis, and treatment options.

The LCL, also known as the fibular collateral ligament, is a tissue band connecting the femur (thigh bone) to the fibula (the smaller bone in the lower leg). It is located on the outer side of the knee and is responsible for providing stability to the joint, preventing the knee from bending too far sideways or rotating too much.