Can you run with an LCL Injury?
by Kasandra Chai Kim November 04, 2021
If you have suffered from an injury like the LCL, it can be hard to know your options. You may not even know that there is a way for you to run again! However, some considerations need to be made before starting up again. This article will go over those considerations so that you can get back out on the road and start running again soon!
The first consideration when returning after suffering from an injury like this one is how long it has been since your injury occurred. If it was more than six months ago, then chances are good that your knee has healed enough for running. However, if it was less than six months ago or other injuries involved in addition to just the LCL tear itself, it is recommended to see a doctor before beginning any training regimen.
It’s better safe than sorry! Once you do see a doctor, and they give them okay for physical activity (and only once they give their okay), then it is recommended slowly easing yourself back into things with walking first and gradually increasing speed as well as distance over time until reaching full capacity at around three weeks post-injury. It is strongly recommended to wear supportive shoes during all activities while continuing with exercises such as squats which strengthen muscles surrounding the knee joint to prevent future injuries from occurring due to weakness in these areas of the body also the use of Cocoon cold compress therapy after the run and recovery.
WHAT IS AN LCL INJURY?
An LCL injury can be a sprain or tear to the lateral collateral ligament is a common knee injury that can happen in any sport. This band of tissue connects your thighbone with that in your lower leg and helps keep you from bending outward when injured because it holds up several other joints nearby like PCL (posterior cruciate), MCLs (medial collaterals), and ACLs (anterior compartment). Bending inward makes things worse, so avoid doing this by keeping an eye out!
HOW IS AN LCL INJURY DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will examine you and inquire about your health history. A physical therapist may perform a variety of tests while examining the knee for signs of swelling or other problems, including X-rays or MRIs to look for stability issues with movement around neighboring joints.
These are some questions a doctor might ask you:
- When did the pain start? How and when did you detect it?
- Did you hear a “pop” when your leg was injured?
- Did you turn your leg with your foot on the ground?
- Quickly did your knee straighten out?
- Did you move in your direction swiftly when you were running?
- Did your foot get a direct hit while it was planted on the ground?
- Have you noticed any bruising or swelling around the knee in the first two to three hours after a fracture, especially when it is not severe?
- Do you experience the sensation of your knee locking, catching, buckling, or giving way when you try to utilize it?