MCL Injuries An MCL injury occurs when the Medial Collateral Ligament has been overstretched or torn. This is often seen in contact sports.
Causes MCL injuries are usually caused by a direct hit to the outside of the knee, but can also result from degeneration over time.
Signs & Symptoms Signs and symptoms of an MCL tear include pain and swelling, bruising on the outside of the knee and a feeling of instability.
Surgery Surgery to repair the MCL is only required in rare circumstances. In most cases, the MCL can heal with conservative treatment.
Recovery The length of time it will take for your MCL to heal depends on the severity of your injury. It could be anywhere from a week or two to 8+ weeks.
Treatment Over-the-counter pain medication, rest, ice, compression and physiotherapy are just some of the treatment options for an MCL injury.
Taping the MCL Taping the MCL can help prevent re-injury by limiting movement of the skin and tissue. It also provides extra support and protection.
MCL Recovery Times The healing process is quite complex and it goes on to continue healing long after the pain has disappeared. It is common for the full healing process to continue for up to 2 years - even for minor injuries.
Exercises Exercises are an effective way for you to restore strength and range of motion to your knee.