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how long will an mcl injury take me away from sports?

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Dr. Tandy Freeman
Orthopedic Surgery 37 years experience
1-12 weeks: Mild sprains, with protection, may allow return to some sports within days of injury while more severe sprains require longer periods of healing and, in some instances, even surgery. Before returning to play, you should be evaluated by someone (certified athletic trainer or physician) trained in treating these injuries to determine if you are adequately healed and if you need a protective brace.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Sprain grade decides: Mild grade i mcl sprains allow progression toward normal activities when painfree to palpation, usually in 2-6 weeks. Grade ii sprains allow progression toward normal activities around the 6-10 week mark. Grade iii sprains can take closer to 3 months before a return to sports is allowed.

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A 44-year-old member asked:

How long will an MCL injury take me away from soccer?

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Dr. Vic Kalman
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Several: First what is the severity? Step one after injury is ice, elevation and compression. Crutches may be necessary if your a limping. Next, obtain pain free range of motion. Progressive strengthening follows with closed chain exercises and open chain. Once your strength is 80% of the normal side you can begin jogging then a running progression. How long it takes to get back depends on the severity.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What interventions are needed for a MCL injury?

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Dr. Vic Kalman
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Several: Mcl injury is a planting, cutting injury. Most people experience a "pop" pain swelling and gradual stiffness over the next several hours. Mcl injuries can be associated with injury to the meniscus and other ligament injuries. Ice, elevate and maintain motion the best you can. A mild injury should loosen up in a few days to weeks. More severe injuries take longer and rarely surgery. Get it checked.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What are the signs you have a MCL injury?

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Dr. Vic Kalman
Orthopedic Surgery 35 years experience
Several: Mcl injury is a planting, cutting injury. Most people experience a "pop" pain swelling and gradual stiffness over the next several hours. Mcl injuries can be associated with injury to the meniscus and other ligament injuries. Ice, elevate and maintain motion the best you can. A mild injury should loosen up in a few days to weeks. More severe injuries take longer and rarely surgery. Get it checked.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How long will an MCL injury take one away from sports?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
TEAR- MONTHS: Sprain- weeks.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What are the signs when you get a MCL injury?

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Dr. Jason Rudolph
Orthopedic Surgery 28 years experience
Knee pain: Pain along the inside of your knee, especially when forcing the knee in. Many times an mcl sprain can occur in conjunction with a more serious injury, such as a meniscus tear.

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