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What knee ligaments are most prone to injury?

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Ligaments are tough bands of tissue that connect the bones in your body. There are four ligaments in the knee that are prone to injury:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the most commonly injured. It connects the thigh bone to the shin bone.
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) also links the thigh bone to the shin bone in the knee. It’s rarely injured except in car accidents.
  • Lateral collateral ligament (LCL) connects your thigh bone to the fibula, the smaller bone of the lower leg on the outer side of the knee.
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) links your thigh bone to the shin bone on the inside of your knee.

From: What Are Knee Ligament Injuries? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES   :

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear.'' 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Knee Ligament Injuries.'' 

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.  The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

U.S. National Library of Medicine MedLine: ''ACL Reconstruction.''

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 16, 2016

SOURCES   :

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear.'' 

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:  ''Knee Ligament Injuries.'' 

Davis, M. , American College of Physicians Press, 2005.  Expert Guide to Sports Medicine

Rouzier, P. second edition, SportsMed Press, 2004.  The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor,

U.S. National Library of Medicine MedLine: ''ACL Reconstruction.''

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 16, 2016

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