LCL Tear – McKinney, TX
Dr. Morgan is a board certified orthopedic surgeon serving patients across McKinney, TX. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of knee injuries, such as LCL Tear, Meniscus Tear, Knee Arthritis etc.

LCL Tear

The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) is located in the knee joint and assists in keeping the knee joint stable. It runs at the outside of the knee and joins the thighbone to the fibula. Any tears or injury in the LCL can occur due to excessive straining or spraining. The LCL is one of the most commonly injured ligaments in the knee and requires immediate medical intervention.

Causes Of LCL Tear

  • Direct blow to the knee
  • An accident or trauma that affects the outer part of the knee
  • Sports activities such as soccer, basketball and skiing
  • Sports that involve aggressive collisions such as football or hockey
  • Repeated stress on the LCL that makes it lose its normal elasticity

Symptoms Of LCL Tear

  • Pain and stiffness along the outer part of the knee
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Feeling of instability and looseness in the knee
  • Numbness or weakness in the foot
  • Locking of the knee

Diagnosis Of LCL Tear

  • The orthopedic sports surgeon may thoroughly examine the knee to look for symptoms of injury and swelling
  • The knee is moved in various directions to determine the location of pain and check the severity of symptoms
  • Pressure may be applied to the outside of the knee while bending and straightening the patient’s leg Imaging tests such as X-Rays or MRI scans may be conducted by the doctor to check for a torn ligament

Treatment For LCL Tear

Minor LCL Tear may heal with non-surgical treatment methods. The treatment options may depend upon on the extent of knee injury and lifestyle of the patient.

Non-surgical treatment

  • Application of ice packs several times a day may aid in reducing inflammation
  • Elevating the knee above the level of heart can provide some relief
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) may be recommended by the doctor to lessen the pain and discomfort
  • Limiting physical activity till the inflammation and pain subside is important
  • Using a splint, knee immobilizer or crutches may help in protecting the knee while it heals completely
  • Physical therapy may help to strengthen the knee and regain normal range of motion

Surgical treatment

Surgical intervention may be required only after conservative methods don’t provide relief or if the injury is severe. General anesthesia is administered to the patient and an incision is made on the outside of the knee. The torn ligament is re-attached to the bone with the help of screws and pins.

For diagnosis and treatment of LCL Tear, visit Dr. Morgan. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic sports surgeon in McKinney, TX, you can call at (972) 727 – 9995.