Symptoms of LCL (Lateral Collateral Ligament) Tears
A lateral collateral ligament (LCL) tear may occur alongside other injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament tears, which can cause additional symptoms such as numbness, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight.
Do LCL tears heal on their own?
There are no specific exercises that can help a LCL heal; the ligament will heal on its own, and the most important thing is to avoid re-injuring it while it heals.
Do you hear a pop when you tear your LCL?
A ‘popping’ sound at the time of injury, immediate pain with weight bearing, swelling, and a feeling of instability are all common signs and symptoms of an LCL injury.
Can LCL heal without surgery?
The good news for LCL injury patients is that the majority of LCL injuries can be treated without surgery, and there are a variety of non-operative treatments that can address the issues and symptoms of LCL injuries, including RICE (rest, icing, compression, and elevation).
How long does it take for an LCL to heal?
Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery can take anywhere from three weeks to three months, though minor stiffness and soreness can last up to six months.
Can you still walk with a torn LCL?
You’ll most likely need to do aerobic exercise, such as walking, and wear a knee brace at first. If your LCL tore all the way through, you may need surgery to repair it; athletes who want to play sports again, for example, may choose surgery.
How do you test for a torn LCL?
While most LCL tears can be diagnosed without medical imaging, a doctor may order an x-ray or an MRI to rule out other possible injuries and determine the severity of an LCL tear.
How do you heal an LCL injury?
The majority of LCL injuries can be treated at home using the following methods:
- Rest and protection for your knee.
- Ice or a cold pack.
- Wrapping your knee with an elastic bandage (compression).
- Propping up (elevating) your knee.
Will walking on a torn meniscus make it worse?
Pain is common, but people can still walk; swelling is also common, and it can worsen over time; you may also notice your knee stiffening.
How do I know if I tore my meniscus?
If your meniscus has been torn, you may experience the following signs and symptoms in your knee:
- Pain, especially when twisting or rotating your knee.
- Difficulty fully straightening your knee.
- Feeling as if your knee is locked in place when you try to move it.
How do you rehab a sprained LCL?
Sets of four
- Place a small, rolled-up towel under your affected leg’s knee and sit with it straight and supported on the floor or a firm bed.
- Tighten the thigh muscles of your affected leg by pressing the back of your knee down into the towel.
- Hold for about 6 seconds, then rest for up to 10 seconds.
- Repeat 8 to 12 times.
How do you tell if I tore a ligament in my knee?
You could have:
- Pain that is often sudden and severe.
- A loud pop or snap during the injury.
- Swelling that lasts for the first 24 hours after the injury.
- A feeling of looseness in the joint.
- Inability to put any weight on the joint without pain.