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LCL Knee Brace

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Last updated: 11/09/2023


by James McCormack

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How Does An LCL Knee Brace Help?

The LCL is the lateral collateral ligament of the knee. Injuries to this ligament occur from excessive varus force, knee rotation, or hyperextension. Once an injury has been sustained, the ligament has been stretched and torn in more severe cases. This causes the knee to feel less stable and in more severe injuries, it can be unstable, causing the knee to buckle with certain movements.

A knee brace for an LCL injury can be a helpful tool for recovering and healing. In some cases, it can be helpful to continue wearing the brace once recovered during sports and other challenging circumstances, such as physical work.  

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Best LCL Knee Braces

Neenca Compressive LCL Knee Sleeve

For more minor injuries such as strains or grade 1 tears, as there is less feeling of instability, a compressive sleeve can offer comforting support without the cumbersome structure of a hinged brace.

While there is minimal physical restraint of lateral movements with a compressive sleeve, it can help the knee feel more stable as proprioception increases with the contact on the skin.

This sleeve also has lateral spring bars, increasing your awareness of any lateral movement.

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McDavid LCL Knee Brace

More support is needed for more severe LCL injuries, such as grade 2 or 3 tears.

This brace from McDavid offers lateral stability with the hinged sidebars, which allow flexion and extension movements of the knee but support the knee medially and laterally.

They come in 7 different sizes and have adjustable straps to ensure the correct and comfortable fit.

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Z1 Full Length LCL Knee Brace

The highest support is needed for the most severe LCL injuries, such as grade 3 tears or after post-operative LCL repair. The longer length of the brace will provide more lateral stability while the hinges still allow for free flexion and extension movements at the knee.

Some people prefer to wear a sleeve under these braces. If there is swelling, with an acute injury or after surgery, a compressive sleeve can be very helpful to reduce the swelling,  as well as for comfort.

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