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How is a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) injury treated?

John W. Uribe, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Treatment of a lateral collateral ligament (LCL) injury will depend on the extent of the injury and whether other structures have been injured as well. Initial treatment for milder injuries may include rest, ultrasound or laser therapy, massage and anti-inflammatory medicines. In the case of ruptures, particularly when other structures such as the ACL or PCL are damaged, surgery may be needed to prevent future instability.

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