How is an MCL tear treated?
Dr. Williams may recommend conservative treatment options depending on the severity of the strain or tear, and if there are other associated injuries. He may recommend the following:
- RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
- NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories), such as ibuprofen to manage pain and swelling.
- Physical Therapy to help regain range of motion and strength.
- Knee Brace – to add stabilization while the ligament heals
Depending on the severity of your MCL injury, recovery could take up to eight weeks.
Surgery is typically recommended only if there are other injuries associated with the MCL tear, such as an ACL tear, PCL tear or LCL tear.. The surgery could consist of either reattaching a portion of the torn medial collateral ligament or reconstructing the ligament using a graft. Dr. Williams may recommend the following:
- MCL Repair
- MCL Reconstruction
- Multi-ligament knee reconstruction
Recovery time will be dependent on factors such as age and severity of the injury. Physical therapy will be required to regain strength and range of motion in the knee.