Braces for MCL/LCL Tears or Injury
Both the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) help stabilize the knee as you move. The LCL is a ligament on the outside of your knee which connects your femur (thigh bone) to the top of the fibula which connects to the ankle on the lower part of your leg. The LCL is often sprained or injured due to direct impact coming from the inside of the knee. Opposite of the LCL is the MCL which is a ligament on the inside of the knee. The LCL connects the thigh bone to the shin bone. MCL injuries and tears are more common than LCL and can occur through twisting the knee, impact when you knee is bent or via contact sports like football. Whether you have an MCL or LCL injury, it is important to wear a brace to prevent further injury to your knee and the surrounding ligaments. An MCL/LCL brace can help support your knee post-surgery and can be worn any time the knee is at risk. Because of the added strain that sports can have on your knee, braces are especially recommended for athletes and active individuals.
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