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What is MCL?
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a ligament positioned on the inside of the knee. MCL injuries commonly occur from a blow to the outside of the knee while participating in sports. Pain and swelling may be experienced on the inside of the knee, and some patients will feel some instability to the knee when walking. The majority of MCL injuries are sprains and do not require surgery.
MCL Treatment Options
If the MCL injury does not require surgery, then it will be necessary to brace the knee to keep it stable, and attend physical therapy sessions.
Surgery is rarely required for MCL injuries. However, in some cases, a severe injury may actually cause the ligament to pull away from the bone, in which case surgical repair may be required. This injury is commonly seen in football, soccer, and other contact sports. MCL repair surgery entails 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.
MCL Tear Recovery
The non-surgical recovery time of an MCL injury is typically 6-8 weeks with bracing and physical therapy. Surgical recovery and healing will typically take 2-3 months, depending on the severity of injury. 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.
Schedule an Appointment
Dr. David Burt is a well-known and respected orthopaedic 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. Please contact one of our offices located in Morris, Plainfield, and Burr Ridge, IL, to book an appointment.
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