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Management of collateral ligament damage

Most collateral ligament injuries will heal themselves with rest and bracing.

Like all soft tissue injuries of the knee, the first line of management immediately after the injury is the 'RICE' regime:

  • R = rest
  • I = ice
  • C = compression
  • E = elevation

Surgery, if indicated, is usually uncomplicated (stitches or staples), unless other important ligaments (like the cruciates) are damaged at the same time.

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Updated: 31 Dec, 2014
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Dr Sheila Strover

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Dr Sheila Strover is the founder of the KNEEguru website. Although not a knee surgeon, she has a sound understanding of knee surgery and...

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