LCL Knee Injury Treatment
The treatment for a lateral collateral knee injury varies with the severity of the ligament injury. Treatment for a lateral collateral knee injury may include cold compresses, rest, elevation, crutches, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment may include a splint or surgery. Most lateral collateral knee injuries heal without surgery. A grade 3 sprain, which is a complete tear of the ligament, may require surgery.
Specific treatment options for lateral collateral knee sprain include:
- Cold compresses
- Use a walker.
- Use crutches.
- Use a cane.
- Elevate the ankle
- Apply an elastic wrap to the knee.
- Apply a knee brace or hinged splint.
- Acetaminophen for pain
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Celecoxib (Celebrex)
- Narcotic pain medication:
- Surgery for knee sprain:
- To repair torn ligaments
- Usually performed arthroscopically
- Physical therapy for knee sprain
LCL Knee Injury Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after treatment for a lateral collateral knee injury.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- Is surgery an option for me?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- Do I need a special exercise program?
- Will I need physical therapy?
- What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this injury again?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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