How do you Injure your MCL or LCL?
What are the MCL and LCL?
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) runs along the inside while the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) is on the outside. Together these ligaments work to prevent sideways motion of the joint. If you’ve injured either one of these ligaments, a knee brace will reduce pain and swelling and support the joint so the ligaments can heal.
How do you injure an MCL or LCL?
Excessive force to the inside or outside of the knee while the foot is planted can sprain or even tear these ligaments. This usually occurs during a sporting activity or a bad fall.
What are the symptoms of an MCL or LCL injury?
An injured MCL or LCL will result in pain, swelling and instability in the knee joint. If you’ve injured your LCL, you’ll feel pain on the outside on knee, whereas an MCL injury will cause pain on the inside of the knee joint.
What is the best knee brace for an MCL or LCL injury?
The best knee brace for a knee sprain is one that can address the initial swelling caused by the injury, as well as provide much-needed support during rehabilitation. Range-of-motion knee braces utilize special hinges to control range of motion of the knee joint while the ligaments are healing. All of BioSkin’s knee braces provide medical-grade compression to enhance recovery and decrease pain and swelling.