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Medial and Lateral Collateral Ligament Sprains/Tears

The knee is a complex, important joint that connects the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) together. It is supported by a number of ligaments and muscles that help stabilize the joint and allow for movement. Two of the more important ligaments are known as the medial collateral (MCL) and lateral collateral (LCL) ligaments. These two ligaments are located on the inside and outside of the knee, respectively. The collateral ligaments mainly stabilize the knee against lateral (sideways) forces during movement. Just like any other ligaments in the body, these two are prone to injury or tearing. [more...]

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