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Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) injury
A lateral collateral ligament (LCL) injury is when the ligament on the outside of the knee is injured. The ligament can be a partial tear, stretch or complete tear of the ligament. The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) is positioned from the top part of the fibula (the bone on the outside of the lower leg) to the outside part of the lower thigh bone and helps keep the outer side of the knee joint stable.
The LCL is usually injured by pressure that pushes the knee joint from the inside, which results in stress on the outside part of the joint.
Symptoms of a tear in the lateral collateral ligament include knee swelling, locking or catching of the knee with movement, pain or tenderness along the outside of the knee, the knee gives way or feels like it is going to give way when it is active.