LCL/MCL/PLC Knee Injuries & Surgery in Kirkland, WA
As a fellowship-trained board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Camille Clinton delivers state-of-the-art treatment to patients throughout the Seattle area with LCL, MCL, or PLC injuries. Dr. Clinton is dedicated to providing patient-centered care and takes the time to discuss all treatment options in an effort to preserve and improve patient lifestyles.
As a former collegiate athlete, Dr. Clinton understands the desire to return to the sports and activities you love and utilizes an individualized approach to ensure optimal care and results. Call (425) 899-4810 to schedule an appointment at her orthopedic surgery office in Kirkland, WA today!
MCL Injuries & Surgery
The MCL prevents the inside of the knee from opening up or buckling during movement. An MCL tear can occur as an isolated injury or it can be associated with other knee injuries, in particular tears of the ACL and medial meniscus. The most common symptom following an MCL injury is pain directly over the ligament on the inside (medial side) of the knee. Most MCL tears heal on their own, without the need for surgery.
LCL / PLC Injuries & Surgery
What is the LCL and PLC?
The lateral collateral ligament (LCL) is located on the outside (lateral side) of the knee and connects the femur to the fibula. It is part of a larger group of complex structures referred to as the posterolateral corner (PLC). Other important structures in the posterolateral corner are the popliteus tendon, biceps femoris tendon, and the popliteofibular ligament. The LCL and PLC structures provide stability to the outside of the knee and are important for rotational stability as well.
What are the causes and symptoms of LCL and PLC injuries?
The LCL and PLC are typically injured from a blow to the inside of the knee or result in combination with tears of other knee ligaments (ACL, MCL, or PCL).
The most common symptom following an injury to the LCL and PLC is pain over the outside of the knee. Swelling, decreased motion, and instability are also common with this injury. It may also become difficult to place weight on the knee.
How are LCL and PLC tears treated?
Partial tears of the LCL and PLC structures can be treated without surgery, but complete tears usually require surgical treatment. The torn ligaments can sometimes be repaired (sewn back together) or are reconstructed using a tendon graft obtained from either the patient more often a cadaver (allograft). If other ligaments are also injured in the knee (ACL, MCL, or PCL), these can be surgically addressed at the same time.
PCL Injuries & Surgery
What is the PCL?
The PCL, along with the ACL, is located in the center of the knee. Its primary function is to prevent posterior translation of the tibia on the femur. The PCL also plays a role in the side-to-side stability of the knee.
Schedule An Appointment
The specific knee treatment method utilized will largely depend on the type and severity of your individual knee injury. It is important to consult with an orthopedist to discuss your treatment options. As a fellowship-trained board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Camille Clinton delivers state-of-the-art treatment to patients experiencing LCL, PCL, and MCL injuries. Call (425) 899-4810 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clinton today!