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
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- Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL)
Fractures and Dislocations
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)
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.