How is an FCL injury treated?
For a lateral collateral ligament that is diagnosed as a strain, sprain or pull, surgery may not be needed. Rest, bracing, physical therapy and strengthening exercises may help the LCL injury heal. If there is pain, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be used as directed.
If non-surgical measures do not alleviate pain and other symptoms of an LCL injury, or if there is a tear in the tendon, surgery may be recommended. The surgical procedure to repair the LCL/FCL injury will vary, depending on the amount of damage to the ligament. If the injury is severe, Dr. Nwachukwu will recommend a lateral collateral ligament reconstruction. This procedure removes the torn ligament and replaces it with a graft of similar size. The graft usually comes from a donor (allograft) and is attached to the native anatomic insertion sites of the lateral structures using surgical screws.