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Can you tear your MCL during a squat lift accident?

Can you tear your MCL during a squat lift accident?

Yes: The mcl is the most commonly injured knee ligament. Any load applied to the outside of the knee can injure the mcl. The severity if the sprain determines the treatment. 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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My son had a full thickness tear of MCL during football. Outside blow. It has been 3 weeks since injury and he feels good. What's risk if he plays?

My son had a full thickness tear of MCL during football. Outside blow. It has been 3 weeks since injury and he feels good. What's risk if he plays?

Risky: A full thickness MCL tear is a serious injury. This may be associated with other knee injuries, including ACL tear, meniscus tear, or joint cartilage damage. Recommend comprehensive knee exam by an orthopedic surgeon including detailed knee exam and imaging before returning to sports. Typically 3 weeks is inadequate healing time for a full thickness tear and further injury could result. Read more

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My ankles were crushed in a car accident and I still cannot squat or use stairs easily will this get better?

My ankles were crushed in a car accident and I still cannot squat or use stairs easily will this get better?

Depends: This all depends on the type of injury and how you healed so only your physician can tell you for sure. After a severe injury, it isn't uncommon for a joint to never get back to its pre-injury level of flexibility. Keep doing physical therapy, if it is still prescribed, and keep yourself strong and healthy and this will help. Read more

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If I have torn medial and lateral meniscus and a sprained MCL from auto accident, what is the chance of long term stiffness or sorenss?

If I have torn medial and lateral meniscus and a sprained MCL from auto accident, what is the chance of long term stiffness or sorenss?

Possible.: These need to be evaluated by an orthopaedic surgeon. Might require surgery. If not repaired may lead to intermittent pain or swelling. Read more

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What happens if you tear your MCL twice?

What happens if you tear your MCL twice?

Ligament retears: Whether or not one regains full knee function is determined by the severity of the tear as well as accompanying structural damage to other knee structures. Therefore a ist degree MCL tear torn without any other injured structures will heal well even if down the line one sustains another tear of the same magnitude. Read more

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Is a MCL tear heal able on its own?

Is a MCL tear heal able on its own?

Mcl tear: Grade 1 and some grade 2 tears may heal with conservative treatment. Like brace, rest, over the couter or prescription pain meds such as ibuprifen, Naproxen and physical therapy.Rarely you need arthroscopic surgery. Read more

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What are good home exercises for rehabing an MCL tear?

What are good home exercises for rehabing an MCL tear?

The basics: See this article. Http://www. Livestrong. Com/article/556479-rehab-after-acl-injury/. Good place to start...Similar to acl injury. You should recover faster though. Read more

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What is the difference between the grades of tears for your mcl?

What is the difference between the grades of tears for your mcl?

Laxity: The grading is based upon the degree of laxity noted on physical exam (grade 1-3). It is often compared to the other knee to get a baseline for what is normal for you. Read more

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Can you walk normally with an MCL tear?

Can you walk normally with an MCL tear?

Usually limp: A small tear may not hurt bad and you may walk fine. A bad tear hurts and makes you unstable side to side. Read more

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What are the long term effects of an MCL tear?

Little: Assuming the tear is minor and treated appropriately there should be little to no long term effects. Read more

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What do I do about an MCL partial tear/stretch?

What do I do about an MCL partial tear/stretch?

Rest: Almost all mcl tears, especially partial tears and stretched mcls, will heal on their own. The mcl sits in an area of the knee can can scar down and function normally after a period of rest. This is unlike other ligaments like the acl, which cannot heal itself after injury. The mcl will heal over 6-12 weeks depending on severity. In more severe cases, a hinged knee brace may help. Read more

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How common is it to need to have surgery for a MCL tear?

How common is it to need to have surgery for a MCL tear?

Very uncommon: The mcl (medial collateral ligament) tears outside of the knee joint. Because of this, the torn fibers are close enough to each other that they almost always heal and scar down own their own. In rare cases where there is persistent instability (looseness), we can repair or reconstruct the mcl. Read more

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Is there anything I could wear during wrestling to protect my mcl?

Is there anything I could wear during wrestling to protect my mcl?

No: American academy of orthopaedic surgeons & american academy of pediatrics have concluded that there is no good evidence that prophylactic (protective) knee braces prevent injuries. Wearing a brace may feel like there is knee protection in place, but it won't protect the mcl from a direct lateral impact. Its better to work on strength training, conditioning, technique refinement and flexibility. Read more

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Hi, How long after a grade 1 MCL tear can you walk without crutches?

Hi, How long after a grade 1 MCL tear can you walk without crutches?

Less than: Two weeks but exact time is impossible to tell...As soon as you are comfortable is the best answer... Hope this is helpful! Dr Z Read more

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What can I do to do squats that lift and firm your butt?

What can I do to do squats that lift and firm your butt?

Squats: Proper form is essential to get good results and avoid injury. Read about technique or better yet ask a personal trainer to get the most out of your squats. Read more