A Lateral Collateral Ligament sprain is damage to the ligament fibres on the outside of your knee that attach your thigh bone (known as the femur) to the shin bone (known as the tibia). Its role is to provide stability to the knee as it bends or shifts towards the outside of your body. Ligaments are made up of thousands of fibres and the grade of the sprain reflects how many of those fibres have torn. A grade 2 strain means nearly half of the ligament fibres are torn, which results in weakness and pain. Tissue healing time for this injury typically lasts around 6 weeks, and it is important to follow the advice to progressively load the tissue to ensure optimal healing and restore the overall function of your knee. If your injury has occurred within the last 7 days, there will be an increase in pain due to the inflammation present to clot any damage to the area to start the healing process. This initial process typically lasts around a week then starts to settle down. The Heal My Injury Treatment Plan has been prescribed to help reduce the inflammation, improve function, and rebuild strength to the strained area.
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