FCL Reconstruction as an FCL Knee Injury Treatment
The FCL, fibular collateral ligament, is one of the three collateral ligaments that make up the knee. Also referred to as the LCL (lateral collateral ligament), it helps control the sideway movement and motion of the knee joint and protects the knee when this movement occurs. During sports, or if an individual trips or falls, this particular structure can become damaged or torn. In most cases, this injury involves twisting. Because this area of the knee is so complex, when the FCL becomes damaged, in many cases, another area of the knee is also damaged as well. If a surgical FCL knee injury treatment is required to return Austin, Round Rock, and Cedar Park, Texas communities athletes to the game they love, Dr. Jeff Padalecki, knee surgeon, will likely perform an FCL reconstruction.
FCL knee injury treatment varies and in some cases, the ligament may heal on its own with conservative measures; however, in certain instances the ligament is torn to the extent that an FCL reconstruction is necessary. An X-ray or an MRI will help determine the exact nature of the injury, the location, and whether or not the injury can in fact heal without surgery, as well as dictate if surgery is needed.