MCL Injuries in Miami, FL
The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as MCL injuries. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.
What are MCL Injuries?
MCL is an acronym for the medial collateral ligament, and an injury usually consists of a sprain or tear of the ligament. The MCL is a flexible band of fibrous tissue, located on the inside of the knee that connects the thighbone to the lower leg bone. The MCL stabilizes the knee, preventing it from bending inward.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of MCL Injuries?
The MCL may be injured during activities that involve bending, twisting, or a quick change of direction, or by a direct blow to the outside of the knee. Sudden twisting of the knees, occurring during skiing, soccer and other sports having many stop-and-go movements, may also cause MCL injuries.
Symptoms of MCL injuries include pain, inflammation, and tenderness in the knee. The pain may become more severe several hours after the injury, and range of motion may diminish. Some patients also notice redness and bruising in the knee with MCL injuries.
How are MCL Injuries Treated?
Most MCL injuries can safely be treated at home with rest, ice, and medications. You may require the use of crutches or other assistive devices, or you may need to wear a brace that protects the knee, yet still allows for some movement. More than likely, you will be asked to curtail physical activities for a few weeks, particularly sports or activities that put pressure on the knees. Gentle movements and exercises, as part of a physical therapy treatment, may accelerate the healing process.
Treatment depends on the severity of the injury, with mild injuries usually resolving themselves in 1 to 3 weeks, and may only require home treatment which includes an assistive device, such as crutches, medication, and therapeutic exercises. Moderate injuries typically improve in about a month, and you may need to wear a knee brace, and limit the amount of weight and pressure put on your leg. Severe injuries may require wearing a brace for several months, and limiting weight on the leg for 4 to 6 weeks. An extremely severe MCL injury may require surgery, particularly if other parts of your knee are injured, such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), or meniscus.
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