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MCL Tear (Medial Collateral Ligament)

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Non-surgical treatment
  • Bracing
  • Physical therapy
  • Duration is typically 6–8 weeks
Surgical treatment
  • Rarely required
  • 1 hour surgery, outpatient
  • Post-surgery brace and therapy for 2–3 months

This ligament is positioned on the inside of the knee and is commonly injured with a blow to the outside of the knee while participating in sports. The majority of MCL injuries are sprains and are treated with bracing, physical therapy, and time.

In some cases, a severe injury may actually cause the ligament to be pulled away from the bone in which case, surgical repair may be required. This injury is commonly seen in football, soccer, and other contact sports. Pain and swelling may be experienced on the inside of the knee, and some patients will feel some instability to the knee with walking. Recovery and healing will typically take 2–3 months, depending on the severity of injury.
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In cases of severe injury repair can be achieved surgically with suturing of the ligament and fixation to bone either above or below the knee with screws or suture anchors.  The majority of these injuries are lower grade I or II injuries that heal nicely on their own.  Some higher grade III injuries may require surgery and are often combined ACL/MCL or ACL/PCL/MCL injuries whereby several ligaments will require repair or reconstruction.  Bracing will often be a crucial factor in healing with or without surgery.

Most patients whether treated surgically or non-surgically will be able to recover useful function and return to competitive play.

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Dr. David Burt is a well-known and respected orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of knee injuries. If you have suffered an MCL tear, Dr. Burt can provide the comprehensive care you need to get back to your active lifestyle.

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