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A 17-year-old female asked:

How long till i can play rugby and figure skate i have a second degree mcl and meniscus sprain i have to see a sports medicine doctor when can i play?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony Buoncristiani
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Return-to-play: Mcl sprains are routinely successfully treated conservatively with hinged bracing.Some meniscal tears can be treated conservatively as well depending upon the tear location/blood supply. Regardless, return-to-play criteria are met when your pain resolves, and motion+strength are restored (graduated process). May consider bracing initially upon returning as well if any laxity persists.
Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Physical exam: If u have an isolated mcl sprain( mild- modeate)generally u should be able to return to cutting sports @ 4- 6 wks. Meniscus ' sprains' are quite rare. The meniscal cartilage is either torn or not.If it is see an ors for evaluation for arthroscopic repair vs. Resection. Isolated mcl sprains = non op; meniscus tears( documented by exam/mri= surgery( scope).
Dr. Stephen Daquino
Sports Medicine 21 years experience
A few weeks: Usually takes a few weeks to recover from mcl sprain. Could be 8+ weeks till full recovery but in most cases a simple sprain takes 2-4 weeks.
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
See on ortho: Healing from a 2nd degree mcl (incomplete tear) will take 6-12 wks, but usually can play with brace at about 6 wks depending upon healing/symptoms. Meniscus sprain: contusion? If so, should be fine by the time mcl heals.

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