The LCL is your Lateral Collateral Ligament. It runs on the outside of your knee and connects your Fibula and Femur. It parallels your MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament), which is on the inside of your knee, and together they provide support and stability to the knee.
Last Wednesday at work I tweaked my LCL in my left leg while trying to push some heavy material down a conveyor.
It felt funny, but I have tweaked it before in my younger days as a Soccer player, so I didnt think much about it.
I even ran 4 miles Thursday afternoon without it bothering me. Afterwards it felt a little tight, but no biggie.
Even during and after my 15 mile long run on Sunday it felt fine!
The. I attempted to play Disc Golf Sunday afternoon. My first throw I twisted my left leg just right to send a shock of pain running thru my leg. I was forced to limp the remainder of the game.
So I made a Dr appointment for Tuesday afternoon with a local Dr in Montgomery. I was leary of this because the last time I saw a Dr he berated me for running barefoot and it just didnt go well...
Luckily Dr McWilliams (thats his real name, I'm not making it up) was actually SUPPORTIVE of running unshod and asked lots of questions about it!
I told him what happened, and what I thought the problem was and after he did an examination of my leg he agreed and prescribed me some Naxoprene and said to take a week or 2 off with plenty of rest and ice on the knee.
While a week or 2 off REALLY sucks... It could be far worse. I will gladly give it ample time to heal up real good before resuming my long runs.
Luckily its already feeling much better today. The Naxoprene must have already started reducing some of the inflamation.
Just figures that I would get a non-running related injury right as my training for a race starts really ramping up!