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Can You Tear Your Mcl During A Squat Lift Accident
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
My knee hurts after I hit my knee in a car accident last week, should I be worried about an MCL tear?
Get evaluated: Dash board injury is one way for injury to the knee cap, the crucitaes as well the condyles of the femur, would suggest a full eval including xrays. ...Read more
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
This past Friday I got a minor tear in my MCL on my right leg at a dance competition. It was from rotating my leg quickly during a routine. I saw an orthopedic doctor that day and he said it was minor enough to heal on its own. He also gave me a brace to
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
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?
Had car accident in2008which fractured my tibia and fibula. When doing squats there’s a constant pop sound from my knee. It’s not painful. I’m worried?
No: Not unless you added a degree of trauma to "normal" twisting. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Two weeks but exact time is impossible to tell...As soon as you are comfortable is the best answer...
Hope this is helpful!
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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
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
Possible: There are several types of meniscal tears (see pic). Some meniscal tears occur with acute injury and some as degenerative changes (over time). A deep squat could cause injury, or cause irritation of a tear from another source. Common symptoms include pain, swelling, clicking/ popping, locking/ catching, giving way, and/ or limited range of motion. Hope this helps. ...Read more
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
I had a MCL tear in december and I sat out for a month. Now when I play it sort of locks up and cracks but doesn't hurt for long. What could it be?
PES & hamstring: While there could be a number of causes including underlying cartilage damage or arthritis, your description sounds like a very common occurrence after mcl injuries. Likely you have hamstring tendinitis and pes bursitis. It is inflammation around the inner portion of our knee under the mcl that occurs with deconditioning of the quad muscles. Avoid limping and work quad exercises to improve this. ...Read more
Common: Mcl tears are usually graded i-iii. Grade three is a complete tear shown by instability in valgus stress of the knee. If this is present, and you continue sports you will reinjure the knee when you pivot. An acl tear often accompanies the mcl tear, these do not heal. After the sprain of the mcl, at least 6 weeks of healing should pass prior to return to sports. Gentle rehab should be done dur. ...Read more
No: Small tears of the mcl generally heal without any residual effects but it stii takes the average time toheal. ...Read more
Lift weights a lot like bench, squat, and deadlift each 3 times a week. Am I too thin, should I be concerned?
Can't tell: I can not tell you if you are too thin without knowing your height, body weight and body frame. At this point in your life, focus on healthy living- healthy eating, keeping the muscles toned, finding enjoyable forms of cardiovascular exercise, minimizing your risk of injury and staying in a healthy weight range. If I can help, then join my care team at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more
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