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MCL Injury

MCL Injury

One of the most frequently sustained injuries of the knee joint involves the medial collateral ligament, commonly referred to as the MCL.
 
The MCL is a wide, thick portion of tissue stemming from the inner part of the knee all the way down to the tibia, or shinbone. Its main function is to prevent the knee from extending too far inward while at the same time keeping the knee stable, allowing it to rotate easily.
 
Damage to the MCL is an especially common injury among athletes involved in sports such as ice hockey, skiing and football, where direct hits to the knee are likely to occur. The severity of this type of injury varies among patients.



Symptoms typically include swelling, pain, bruising and tenderness of the knee; you may also find it difficult to move your knee.

Treatment will depend on the severity of the injury. Minor injuries can sometimes be treated with ice, rest and an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory. However, more severe injuries may require wearing a hinged brace for at least a few months.
 
While surgery is not always the solution, we recommend that you consult a medical professional if you believe you have suffered a knee joint injury. Other, more severe injuries that generally require surgery (such as an ACL tear) share similar symptoms. Until you are examined by a sports medicine professional, you cannot be sure of the type or extent of your injury.
 

 
The Longstreet Clinic is pleased to provide a highly qualified team of sports medicine doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who are trained to evaluate and treat a wide variety of sports injuries. Let our team of medical professionals assess the extent of your knee injury and help get you on quickest road to recovery.
 
Contact us for more information regarding MCL injuries, or other types of knee joint injuries. To schedule an appointment, please contact us or call (678) 207- 4500.
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