What are treatment options for collateral ligament injuries?

Updated: Jan 18, 2018
  • Author: Jay E Bowen, DO; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Grade I or II injuries may be treated by immobilization in 15-20° of flexion for 2-3 weeks, followed by buddy taping for 3-6 weeks or until symptoms subside. Resumption of athletic activities is possible with these injuries, but reinjury is common, with risk of a grade III injury. A radiograph showing joint symmetry and stability should be obtained before administering this treatment.


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