Medial Collateral Ligament Tear (MCL Tear): Symptoms, Tests, And Treatments
MCL tears, or medial collateral ligament tears, often occur as a result of accidents and overuse, especially in athletes or the elderly. MCL tears are painful injuries that require immediate attention from an experienced doctor in order to avoid further injury or long lasting complications.
The physicians and orthopedic specialists at West Medical have treated countless cases of MCL tears and provide efficient and comprehensive care for those injured. A member of our West Medical team can guide you through your treatment options and ensure you receive optimal care.
Contact us at (855) 690-0565 to make an appointment or schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physicians, surgeons, or specialists and begin your route to an efficient and accommodating recovery.
Symptoms of a Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Tear:
- Pain, along with tenderness on the inside of the knee, stiffness, swelling, and weakness
- Possible bruising may appear around the area
- Mobility will become more limited and pain may increase shortly after your initial injury occurred
Tests for a Torn Medial Collateral (MCL) Ligament:
Your doctor will do a physical examination and take your medical history. Then, your doctor may order a series of tests and scans, like an x-ray and/or an MRI, in order to determine the severity of your torn MCL ligament.
Treatments for a Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Tear:
If the injury to the MCL is relatively minor, then a non-surgical route of treatment may be enough to properly heal the ligament. Rest, a brace, and pain medicine are recommended as a non-surgical route of treatment. However, if your MCL was badly torn, then surgery may be required to manually reconnect the tendon.
It’s important that treatment for your MCL tear, whether surgical or non-surgical, is overseen by experienced physicians to ensure that you recover with the fewest possible complications and with the greatest chance to restore full strength and motion to your injured knee and leg.
Call us at (855) 690-0565 to schedule a consultation or an appointment with one of the experienced physicians on our West Medical team.
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