Lateral Collateral Ligament Knee Tears Surgeon
A severe lateral collateral ligament (LCL) sprain can create instability in the knee joint and may require surgery. When the LCL is completely torn, the knee loses support and stability on the outside of the joint. Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine is one of the top orthopedic and sports medicine facilities in New York City. If you need a lateral collateral ligament knee tear surgeon, you will not find a more experienced team to perform your LCL repair.
The most common cause of an LCL tear is a sports injury. The lateral collateral ligament is on the outside of the knee. To sprain or tear the LCL, the knee joint must be impacted from the inside of the knee. Usually, the other leg prevents trauma to the inside of the knee. LCL tears are most common in physical athletes that can sustain a blow to the interior of the knee, putting extreme stress on the LCL to cause a partial or complete tear. Skiing, football, soccer, basketball or hockey are sports that can cause an LCL tear with a blow to the inside of the knee.
Repairing Severe LCL Tears
Mild or moderate LCL sprains or tears can be treated with conservative methods. Reducing inflammation and supporting the knee joint while the ligament heals is recommended, followed by rehabilitation to strengthen the knee. However, the LCL does not heal as effectively as some of the other knee ligaments. For severe or complete tears, surgery may be required to repair the ligament and restore mobility and stability to the knee joint.
Dr. Glashow is a top sports medicine and orthopedic surgeon who offers lateral collateral ligament tear repairs at our medical facility in Upper East Side NYC. If you have suffered a severe LCL sprain or tear, contact our team to schedule a medical consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists.