The knee is the largest and most complex joint in the body. The anatomy of the knee consists of four major ligaments: anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and the lateral (fibular) collateral ligament (LCL). Each ligament plays a key role in the stability and movement of the knee.

Ligament injuries of the knee can be very painful and debilitating. Ligaments are the tough bands of tissue that connect and hold the knee joint in place. A ligament injury can occur through athletic training, sports competition, or from everyday falls and accidents. The most common ways an individual can experience a knee ligament injury is by twisting their knee while the foot remains planted, direct trauma to the knee, jumping or landing on a flexed knee, pivoting, shifting, over-extending. Soccer, basketball, and football players, as well as snow skiers and gymnasts typically are at a higher risk for developing a ligament injury. Ranging from mild to severe, each injury will have a varying course of treatment, protocol, rehab, and prognosis.

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