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Collateral Ligament Sprain (Knee) treatment guide

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Collateral Ligament Sprains involve damage to the connective tissues at the sides of the knee joint. There are two types of the collateral ligament; medial (which is on the inside of the knee joint) and lateral (which is on the outside).

Signs and symptoms

Medial collateral ligament sprains are more common and are nearly always traumatic in origin; occurring as a result of an impact, injury or fall whilst playing sport.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain and tenderness when the injury site is touched

  • Redness, swelling and bruising that may track down the fascia towards the foot

  • Pain and apprehension when standing

  • Difficulty flexing or extend the knee


In most cases, Collateral Ligament Strains are not serious. However, they can result in stiffness, reduced mobility and secondary problems which develop after the injury has healed.

If left untreated scar tissue and adhesions form around the injury site which increases the likelihood of re-injury.

Acute phase

Pain always causes a protective guarding in the tissues which shortens the muscles and hampers rehabilitation.

Our treatment guide provides expert advice on how to reduce pain and inflammation and create the right conditions to accelerate the healing process.

Post-acute phase

Post-acute phase rehabilitation involves the staged introduction of isometric, concentric and eccentric stretches, scar tissue removal and proprioceptive exercises to strengthen the connective tissues to achieve a full range of movement and prevent re-injury.


Collateral Ligament Sprains respond well to self-treatment and conservative care.

Our treatment guide provides comprehensive tips and advice to achieve a full recovery in the shortest possible time.


If you follow the treatment guide correctly and are diligent with your rehabilitation, then complications are unlikely.

However, without correct rehabilitation, there may be residual stiffness and reduced range of movement.

Regular stretching and correct warm-up before sports or exercise are some of the techniques contained in our clinically proven treatment guide to help prevent re-injury. 

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Collateral Ligament Sprain (Knee) treatment guide

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