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Difference between ACL and MCL tear?

Difference between ACL and MCL tear?

Location: The acl is in the central aspect of the knee and keeps the tibia from moving forward relative to the femur. The mcl is on the inner side of the knee and keeps the knee joint from "booking open". Mcl tears usually heal without surgery. Acl tears usually require surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Vic Kalman
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Mcl (Definition)

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a wide band of tissue (a ligament) that runs along the inner side of each knee, connecting the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia), to help stabilize the knee joint. The MCL's main purpose is to prevent knees from bending too far ...Read more


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Acl and mcl tear 9/2014, no surgery. Now having some mild knee pain, fullness and can't bend all the way. Normal inflammation? Brace help?

Acl and mcl tear 9/2014, no surgery. Now having some mild knee pain, fullness and can't bend all the way. Normal inflammation? Brace help?

Not normal: an injury that old typically will have healed by now. There may however be some scar tissue, or adhesions. They may cause irritation and limited motion. That could cause the swelling. A brace will not help. Have it evaluated by your doctor. You may need physical therapy. Alleve may help with the symptoms. ...Read more

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Are there different symtoms in a ACL tear and a MCL tear?

Are there different symtoms in a ACL tear and a MCL tear?

Effusion (swelling): An acl tear can often include an mcl tear that occurs at the same time. An acl tear generally causes bleeding in the knee joint caused by tearing the blood vessels around the acl. This causes a very fast swelling of the knee joint (usually without the hour). An isolated mcl tear usually does not swell inside the knee and causes pain on the inner portion of the knee, where the mcl tore. ...Read more

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What are the differences in symptoms in an ACL tear and a MCL tear?

What are the differences in symptoms in an ACL tear and a MCL tear?

Instability.: Tears of either can make your knee feel unstable, but in different planes. The MCL tear will give you more pain over the inner side of your knee. ...Read more

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How do the symptoms of an ACL tear differ from an MCL tear?

How do the symptoms of an ACL tear differ from an MCL tear?

Sometime not much: It sometimes can be difficult to distiguish the two from symptoms patients experience alone. That is why a good physical exam is key to making the diagnosis. ...Read more

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On average, how long will ACL reconstruction and grade 3 MCL tear surgery take to recover?

On average, how long will ACL reconstruction and grade 3 MCL tear surgery take to recover?

ACL recovery.: Most recent records that a large number return to sports BUT almost never to a previously demanding level. So, you first answer is NEVER. But return to lesser demands hold be three months since ligaments mature (get stronger) more slowly. For contact sports, non-professional and professional I would prefer 6 months off. Full muscle restoration is a prerequisite (sine qua non.) ...Read more

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How can I strenghthen my ACL and mcl?

How can I strenghthen my ACL and mcl?

U cannot, but: U cannot "strengthen" your acl and mcl.However, you can strengthen your quadriceps that helps control your knee and also work on specific proprioceptive exersises(coordination type) that are sport-specific.This may lessen the chance of acl injury but this is somewhat controversial.Good luck! ...Read more

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I'm having ACL and MCL surgery wondering what to expect?

I'm having ACL and MCL surgery wondering what to expect?

Discuss with surgeon: While acl and mcl injuries are quite common, the treatment of them can vary based on the surgeon. It is best to talk with your doctor about the specific post operative protocol that he will prescribe you, which may be dictated in part by what is seen in surgery. ...Read more