Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury
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This is a stretching or tearing of a ligament on the inner side of your knee. The medial collateral ligament, commonly called the "MCL", is connected to the femur and to the tibia. The MCL helps stabilize your knee. This ligament, along with the lateral collateral ligament, helps prevent excessive side-to-side movement of your knee joint. It helps keep the upper and lower leg aligned properly.
What are medial collateral ligament injuries?
This detailed video describes MCL injuries, including their causes, symptoms, and treatment. Many MCL injuries can be treated with rest, ice and physical therapy. You may benefit from a knee brace. If these are not helpful, you may benefit from surgery to repair the damage. Your healthcare provider can develop a care plan that is right for your needs..