What Are MCL Injuries?
There are several types of MCL injuries. If you have a Grade 1 injury, it means that your ligament has been stretched, but not torn. Grade 2 injuries involve a partial tear. A full MCL tear is classified as a Grade 3 injury. With this more serious type of damage, your joint will often become unstable. MCL damage most often occurs because of sports injuries. Sudden stops and changes in direction, bending, twisting, and blunt force on the outside of your knee can damage this ligament.
Also known as knee sprains, MCL injuries are common sports related.
Symptoms of an MCL Injury
Your symptoms will depend on the severity of damage. Often, they will occur immediately after damage occurs, and they will grow worse over the next several hours. Effects could include:
- Pain on the inside of your knee
- A popping noise when you first injure your knee
- A locking sensation in the joint
- Joint instability
Treatment Options for MCL Injuries
Before recommending a course of treatment, we will carefully examine your joint. Often, we can diagnose an MCL injury based on visible swelling and looseness in your inner knee. However, to provide a definite diagnosis, he will typically take x-rays and an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan, as well.
Rest: Immediately after your injury, you should rest your knee and allow inflammation to subside. Ice packs, crutches, and a knee brace can all help the joint to heal.
- Medications: Non-prescription pain medications are usually enough to reduce knee pain. If you are suffering from particularly severe discomfort,
- Physical therapy: Once your knee has started to heal, He or she will teach you exercises to strengthen your knee muscles and restore your normal range of motion. You may need to wear your knee brace during the exercises to prevent further harm. It is important to do your workouts regularly and to follow your therapist’s specific instructions.
- Surgery: Conservative treatments are usually enough to repair MCL damage. However, if you have a Grade 3 injury, surgery is recommended. During this procedure, we will use one of the several techniques to reattach the ligament to your bone.