18 Sep Medial collateral ligament (MCL) Injury – Rehabilation
Medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a medial stabilizor of the knee. This ligament is a fan like ligament that support knee joint and if often injuries in contact sports or sports that involve cutting or changing direction.
The MCL also supports the ACL and if often damaged prior to the ACL. This is a ligament that I have personally had trouble with when playing sport. Correct injury management is vital to ensure that you can make a correct recovery and not reduce the stability of your knee for the future.
Depending on the grade of the tear will indicate the length of recovery required. A full rupture will require 6-8 weeks with some time spent in a Zimmer splint.
For best results every injury will require an assessment and a personal rehabilitation plan to be implemented to assist in a successfully recovery.
I would highly recommended getting the right advice to ensure that you don’t suffer from unstable knees later in life.
Key areas that will assist in your recovery:
- Reduce swelling
- Reduce muscle wasting
- Brace knee to allow ligament to heal (will depend on grade/location of tear)
If you would like some further advice book in with the Affinity Allied Health Team for professional advice!