How to Diagnose an FCL Injury
Dr. Boykin will conduct a thorough history and examination of the knee checking for knee pain, mobility, flexibility and strength. He will perform a series of tests to evaluate all of the ligaments of the knee and also order an X-ray. In certain cases he will request that specialized stress X-rays be performed on both knees to compare stability. He may also order a MRI scan to further examine the extent of injury to the FCL and damage to any surrounding structures of the knee. If it is found that the FCL injury is not of a severe nature then it will most likely respond well to a period of rest and other non-surgical treatments such as icing, anti-inflammatory medications, and bracing of the injured knee. It has also been found that physical therapy is an essential non-surgical treatment for an minor FCL injury. If the FCL has a complete tear and instability is noted, or if other injuries are also present, it may be recommended that a patient undergo surgical treatment
When to have FCL Surgery
For FCL injuries that are more severe, and especially if other ligaments are involved, Dr. Boykin will most likely recommend a surgery to perform an FCL reconstruction. During this type of procedure, Dr. Boykin will remove the torn ligament and replace it with a graft of similar size. If the entire PLC is involved he will also perform a PLC reconstruction. Because of the complexity of the surgery, an open procedure is used to identify and protect the nerves and blood vessels of the leg.
For additional information regarding FCL knee injuries, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Boykin who treats patients in Asheville, Arden, Fletcher and surrounding North Carolina communities, please contact his office.