Left knee from behind. Injuries of the Knee. There are five ligaments in the knee that help connect the femur to the tibia and keep your legs stable: Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) connects your femur to your tibia inside of your knee; Keeps inside of knee stable
- Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL)
Fractures and Dislocations
The ACL is the smallest ligament in the knee twists, or a direct blow to the knee
connects the femur to the tibia at the center of knee
When the tibia and femur rotate too far in opposite directions/when the knee is bent in the wrong direction -- the ACL can be torn or sprained.
Often when damaging the ACL there will be damage to other ligaments such as the Medial Collateral ligament (MCL)
The medial collateral ligament extends from the end of the femur (thigh bone) to the top of the tibia (shin bone) and is on the inside of the knee joint. The MCL prevents "opening-up" of the knee.
The collateral ligaments are damaged by - femur (thigh bone) to the top of the tibia (shin bone) and is on the inside of the knee joint. The MCL prevents "opening-up" of the knee.
a direct contact blow on the side of the knee while the foot is 'planted' on the ground. This forces the joint to bend sideways and tears the ligament on the opposite side; landing badly from a jump so that the knee is forced sideways by the weight of the body.