Full Lateral Collateral (Fibular Collateral) Ligament Description
[Continued from above] . . . together to prevent dislocation and excessive movement that might cause breakage. Ligaments, especially those in the knee, are sometimes damaged by injury. A torn ligament usually results from twisting stress when the knee is turned while weight is on that particular leg. Minor sprains are treated with ice, bandages and sometimes physical therapy, but if the ligament is torn, the joint may be placed in a plaster cast to allow time to heal or it may require surgical repairs. The word ligament comes from the Latin word, ligamentum, meaning a band or tie.