Collateral Ligament Injuries – Flower Mound, TX
Dr. Goodhart is a renowned orthopedic surgeon serving the patients in Flower Mound, TX. The fellowship trained doctor provides comprehensive treatment for various conditions of the knee, like Kneecap Dislocation, Knee Fracture, Collateral Ligament Injuries, etc.

Collateral Ligament Injuries

Tibia, femur, fibula and patella join together to form a knee joint. Various ligaments and cartilages provide stability to the joint. Collateral ligaments (MCL & LCL) present in the knee are responsible to maintain the sideways moment of the joint.  These ligaments attach thighbone with shinbone and calf bone respectively. An injury to the ligaments may result in sprains and discomfort in the leg.

Based on the extent of damage, collateral ligament injuries can be divided into three types:

  • Grade 1 - The ligament is mildly stretched and is still able to provide support to the knee.
  • Grade 2 - Partial tearing of the ligament makes it loose.
  • Grade 3 - The ligament is split into pieces leading to an unstable knee.

Cause Of Collateral Ligament Injuries

  • A sudden sideways blow to the knee
  • Changing direction rapidly while running
  • Slipping on an ice
  • Symptoms Of Collateral Ligament Injuries
  • Pain at the side of the knee joint
  • Swelling
  • Unstable knee
  • Difficulty in bearing weight

Diagnosis Of Collateral Ligament Injuries

The doctor may conduct a thorough physical test of the knee. He may look for symptoms like tenderness, swelling and affliction in the affected area. He may also carry out some specific stress tests to evaluate the condition.
Other imaging tests like X-Ray and MRI scans may also be suggested by the doctor. This may help him to ensure that no damage has been caused to the bones and to visualize the injured soft tissues.

Treatment For Collateral Ligament Injuries

Non-Surgical Treatment

  • Rest- Patients may be advised to avoid the activities and movements that cause pain.
  • Icing – The doctor may ask the patients to apply crushed ice for 15-20 minutes after every hour. This may a help to increase the rate of blood flow to the affected area.
  • Immobilization – In order to avoid further injury on the damaged knee, the doctor may suggest the patients to wear knee braces. They not only help to keep the knee stable, but also distribute the weight from the knee.
  • Exercises – Rehabilitation exercises suggested by the doctors my aid the patients to relieve symptoms and regain the lost strength of the knee.

Surgical Treatment

In case of complete tear of the ligament, the orthopedic surgeon may recommend an arthroscopic surgery.

For complete care and diagnosis of Collateral Ligament Injuries, contact Dr. Goodhart. To schedule an appointment with the knee specialist, call at (972) 899 - 4679 or visit 4951 Long Praire Rd, Suite 100, Flower Mound, Texas 75028.