Anterior Cruciate Ligament
Iliotibial Band Syndrome
The Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) is located on the outer side of your knee, farthest away from your other knee. The LCL helps keep your knee stable as it moves through it's full range of motion. LCL injuries are usually caused by a direct hit to the inside of the knee, which causes damage to the ligaments on the outisde of your knee joint. LCL injuries usually occur in sports like hockey, football, basketball and skiing.
Symptoms of an LCL injury include pain, swelling, tenderness, locking and catching of the knee, knee instability, weakness, and stiffness.
LCL injuries can range from a slight strain to a complete tear. Please see the guide below to determine which Grade your LCL injury is:
Grade 1: Strain or slight tear - No loss of function
Grade 2: Partial tear - Minor loss of function
Grade 3: Complete tear - Significant loss of function
If you have a Grade 1 or Grade 2 LCL injury, you can use our ColdCure® and BFST® products to heal and feel better. If you have a Grade 3 LCL tear, you may need surgery, but you can still use our products to help speed up your recovery following the procedure.
You don't have to wait for endless months in pain. You can heal much more quickly with the right treatment. For an LCL injury, blood flow is the most critical element in rapid recovery. Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy (BFST®) gives your LCL the blood flow it needs to heal quickly and completely.
BFST® brings extra oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the injured area - a requirement for the body to heal itself. Unfortunately, an injured LCL at rest often has restricted blood flow, which in turn limits the body's ability to heal. Physical activity will promote blood flow but all too often it also results in small but frequent re-injury, which extends your healing time and greatly increases the amount of scar tissue that develops. With a King Brand® BFST® Knee Wrap, blood flow can be stimulated in your injured LCL while you are at rest. With improved blood flow and without physical activity and the risk of re-injury, you can recover from your LCL injury at a surprisingly rapid rate.
The BFST® Knee Wrap promotes healthy blood flow to your injured LCL, creating an ideal environment for healing. This increase in blood flow works to speed up the healing process by improving the circulation in the LCL. The BFST® Wrap is not a heating pad. Heating pads have very little therapeutic value since they only heat the surface of the skin. BFST® penetrates deep below your skin and fat to target the area of your injury and improve blood flow. This is what will heal your LCL injury. Heating pads can't do this. The Knee Wrap and Energy Web® are specifically designed for the exact shape of the knee, for maximum coverage of your injury. They conform perfectly to your knee to ensure an even distribution of energy over the entire injured area. The BFST® Knee Wrap is easy to use and the effects last for up to 4 hours. The Wrap comes with a 3-level controller that allows you to increase the power of your treatments as your LCL heals.
Painkillers mask the pain. Without fail this causes people to continue to stress and injure their LCL. You don't want to make your condition worse. It is understandable that people need relief from the pain, so if you have to take painkillers, try to restrict them to times when you are sleeping. Using painkillers when you are active is a recipe for permanent damage.
The ColdCure® Knee Wrap was specifically designed to relieve the pain of LCL injuries. This is the safest and most effective pain reliever. It also does a great job of bringing down the swelling and inflammation. The ColdCure® Knee Wrap is incredibly soothing and protects your LCL from further damage. The painkilling element is very powerful and it works instantly - there's no 20 minute wait like with pills.
LCL injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating. NSAIDs such as ASA, acetaminophen or ibuprofen are often used to treat the pain but these drugs do nothing to treat the actual condition. In fact, NSAIDs are known blood thinners and make the bleeding worse for fresh tissue injuries. Cortisone injections are used in extreme cases but these too are intended to address the pain. They do not promote healing of the injury itself and they put you at a very high risk of further injury.
The ColdCure® Knee Wrap is designed to alleviate the pain and swelling associated with LCL injuries. The Wrap uses both cold and compression to provide superior relief of your symptoms. The Wrap and gel packs are specially designed to conform to the shape of your knee for extremely comfortable, targeted treatments. The gel packs contain our unique XC RigiGel® formula. XC RigiGel® packs contain 10x more gel than ordinary gel packs for maximum coverage of your injured LCL. Our gel packs also have 3x more cooling power than ordinary gel packs. This means longer treatments, so you won't have to switch the gel packs out as often. XC RigiGel® distributes the cold energy evenly throughout the gel pack, while ordinary gel packs will get hot spots, resulting in an inconsistent treatment. Our gel packs eliminate hot spots for a perfectly cold treatment, every time.
If you want to heal your LCL as quickly and completely as possible, it's important to understand that rest is required. You need to stop doing the activity that caused your LCL injury. Also avoid any activities that could cause you to re-injure your LCL. You may want to consider using crutches as this will help you keep the weight off your injured knee. By the 4-6 week mark you should be ready to start doing some light stretching and strengthening exercises. Slowly work your way back to your regular level of activity. Continue doing regular BFST® treatments. Use the ColdCure® Wrap any time you experience a flare-up of pain or swelling.