Gordon Ryan’s first major injury had everyone curious. How will the ADCC medalist deal with this setback – by many accounts first major one in his young career.
The injury in question is an LCL rupture. According to a physio website:
The LCL is one of the most important ligaments of the knee, giving it stability. The LCL achieves this role by preventing excessive twisting, and side to side movements of the knee (varus forces – figure 2). When these movements are excessive and beyond what the ligament can withstand, tearing to the LCL occurs. This condition is known as a LCL tear.
Typically, patients who have a complete LCL tear will require surgical treatment. This surgical procedure is typically done as an open procedure in conjunct with arthroscopy. The doctor will replace the torn lateral collateral ligament with a tissue graft. The graft is passed through the bone tunnels and attached to the femur and fibula bone using screws.
One interesting tidbit is that this procedure comes with a lengthy post op period – for example Isolated hamstring exercises should be avoided for the first 4 months post-operatively. Patients should not place weight on the injured leg for 6 weeks and then may progress off of crutches and start the use of a stationary bike starting at week 6.
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