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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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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