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What is MCL?

The medial collateral ligament of the knee is one of the four major ligaments of the knee. It is on the medial (inner) side of the knee joint and extends from the upper-inside surface of the shin bone to the bottom-inside surface of the thigh bone. The ligament stabilizes the joint on the inside of the knee. It is also known as the tibial collateral ligament, or abbreviated as the MCL.

 

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MCL injury

Medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury is a stretch, partial tear, or complete tear of the ligament on the inside of the knee.

The MCL is usually injured by pressure placed on the knee joint from the outside. An MCL injury can be very painful and is often caused when the knee bends the wrong way when landing, or on high impact.

MCL is often injured at the same time as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury.

MCL strains and tears are fairly common in American football and skiing.

MCL injuries have the following symptoms:

  • Knee instability
  • Knee pain and tenderness along the inside of the joint
  • Knee swelling

 

Treatment of injured MCL

Treatment includes applying ice to the area, raising the knee above heart level, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS). You should limit physical activity until the pain and swelling go away.

After an initial period of keeping the knee still (usually with a knee brace), knee strengthening and stretching exercises should be done. Physical therapy may be helpful to help regain knee and leg strength.

Severe grade III and IV injuries to the MCL that lead to ongoing instability may require arthroscopic surgery. Since isolated MCL injuries are uncommon, surgery is often focused on ACL replacement or repair with combined surgical approaches being common. For higher grade tears of the MCL with ongoing instability, the MCL can be sutured or replaced.

Options available for medial collateral ligament reconstruction include:

  • distal advancement
  • proximal advancement
  • direct repair
  • augmentation
  • medial imbrication

View bios of best top orthopedic surgeons performing affordable MCL repair or reconstruction procedure.

 

Affordable MCL Repair and MCL reconstruction surgeries in the US and abroad

If you wish to seek an affordable MCL repair surgery or MCL reconstruction surgery, you may want to explore low cost high quality orthopedic care provided by Healthbase`s network of healhcare providers in the United States as well as overseas such as in New Zealand, India, Thailand, Singapore, Mexico, Costa Rica, Turkey, Panama, etc. The quality of care offered by our medical tourism orthopedic hosptials both in USA and internationally is top-notch (JCI or equivalent) and is delivered by the best orthopedic surgeons at some of the most modern and technologically advanced bone and joint care facilities in the world.

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