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A 48-year-old female asked:

What is a mcl sprain and how long does it take to go away? can a sprain lead to a tear? is the mcl on the joint line? please help

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Dr. Lori Lange
Specializes in Family Medicine
MCL Sprain: The Medial Collateral Ligament is on the inside of the knee. It attaches above and below the joint line. A sprain can last up to 6 weeks. Usually the MCL sprain does not lead to a tear without having ACL or meniscus involvement. Using a knee sleeve may help give you more stability. If it is severe you may need to use crutches until you are able to put weight on it. OTC pain meds can help.
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Medial collateral : The medial collateral ligament runs along the inside of the knee and is a primary stabilizer of the knee joint. Isolated injuries to the mcl usually do well with bracing alone and often without surgery needed, but they can be associated with other injuries that sometimes go need surgery such as an acl or meniscal tear.
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Last updated May 15, 2017

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