Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Knee Sprain LCL Types

Types of lateral collateral knee injury include three grades of knee sprain:

  • Grade 1 knee sprain:
    • Mild stretch of the ligaments
    • Pain when pressure is placed on the injured ligament
    • Most heal within 2 to 3 weeks
  • Grade 2 knee sprain:
    • Partial tear of the ligament
    • Knee bracing or immobilizer is required for part of the time
    • Complaints of instability in the knee
    • Healing may take a month or more
  • Grade 3 knee sprain:
    • Complete tear of the ligament
    • Unstable joint
    • Knee bracing or immobilizer is required for more extended period
    • Healing may take 6 weeks or longer

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Last Updated: Dec 17, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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