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Information About Knee Ligament Injuries

Find information about ligament injuries of the knee. These include anterior cruciate ligament injuries (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament injuries (PCL), and medial collateral ligament injuries (MCL). Included is information on how these injuries occur and what treatments are available.
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MCL Tears
MCL tears are injuries to one of the four major ligaments critical to knee joint stability. Treatment of an MCL tear usually consists of simple, non-surgical treatments.

Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury
Injury to the posterior cruciate ligament, or PCL, is an uncommon knee injury. When the PCL is injured, patients may have problems with knee instability. Treatment of PCL tears is controversial, but PCL reconstruction surgery is an option.

Knee Braces
Knee braces are used in the treatment and prevention of many common knee injuries. A knee brace is designed to control knee motion. The knee brace either substitutes the function of a normal knee ligament, or helps to protect a knee ligament.

Pellegrini-Stieda Syndrome
Pellegrini-Stieda syndrome is a condition of pain at the insertion of the medial collateral ligament on the thigh bone. Pellegrini-Stieda syndrome and the Pellegrini-Stieda sign are seen in patients who have had a medial collateral ligament injury.

Treatment of MCL Tears - Rehab of a Torn MCL
Treatment of MCL Tears - Rehab of a Torn MCL

LCL Tears
The lateral collateral ligament, or LCL, is one of four major knee ligaments. LCL tears are an injury to the ligament that supports the outside of the knee. Most LCL sprains can be treated without surgery, whereas more severe LCL tears often involve other knee ligaments and may require surgery for treatment.

Posterolateral Rotatory Instability of the Knee
Posterolateral rotatory instability occurs when there is damage to the supporting structures of the outside of the knee joint. When patients have posterolateral rotatory instability, this injury must be recognized to ensure adequate restoration of knee function.

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