What is the Difference Between ACL and LCL Tears
The acute cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament are easily torn, particularly when the knee is going through a vigorous workout. ACL and LCL tears are a common occurrence and athletes are the ones that normally sustain these injuries. When an athlete has a torn ligament, he will experience extreme pain and swelling around his knee.
Normally, to stabilize the knee before being properly treated by a sports doctor, a removable Velcro splint is used. Other treatments include a lot of rest, ice, compressions, and elevation, which are all carried out before surgery is recommended.
What is the Difference between ACL and LCL Tears?
The ACL is one of the central ligaments found in a person’s knee and its main function is to stabilize the knee, keep the knee joint from over-rotating, and keep the tibia from overstretching itself. ACL tears happen when a person twists his knee unexpectedly or dislocates the knee.
The LCL is the ligament that connects the outer part of the tibia and femur bones. This ligament resists forces that react from the inner part of a patient’s knee. Akin to the ACL, it also offers support and stability to the person’s leg. Compared to the LCL, the ACL is more commonly injured due to the position of the ligament.
ACL and LCL tears can be identified through several symptoms that are quite similar. The following are a few of the common symptoms that they share:
A person may feel pain in the region of and in his knee. Thereafter, he will experience tenderness and stiffness as well as some swelling on the inner and outer side of his knee. He may feel extreme pain during this time and lose his balance or feel as if his knee is giving out. At times, his knee may even lock or catch. It is highly recommended that the patient seeks professional help at this time, as this could mean that his injury is especially severe.
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