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Chronic Mcl Sprain
What treatment for a MRI scan with the following conclusion:posterior third medial meniscal tear with chronic MCL sprain with mild prepatellar bursiti?
-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more
MRI for my knee. The results: - ACL sprain with full thickness disruption, chronic proximal mcl sprain, patella alta w/o pf malaligment. English?
Stretch of ligaments: Sprains occur when ligaments (tissues holding joints together) stretch. The ACL is a ligament in the inside of the knee. The MCL is on the middle side of the knee. Disruption os ACL means it was probably/partially torn. Patella alta means that your knee cap is higher than usual. You should discuss these findings with the ordering physician so she/he can determine appropriate treatmen ...Read more
Variable: For a mild, grade i mcl sprain, recovery can be variable from 4 to 8 weeks. Influencing variables include your sex, age, and other medical conditions. In addition, how aggressive you are with daily physical rehabilitation, either at home and/or with a physical therapist, and wearing an appropriate brace will also influence how quickly you can return to your prior level of activity. ...Read more
Recovery: The recovery for an injury varies by patient, severity, desired level of activity, and the specific muscle that has been injured. Rest ice compression elevation for the injury will aid in the recovery process. If you fail to improve, seeing an orthopaedic specialist may be required. ...Read more
Relative rest: Vast majority of MCL injuries heal. Higher grade injuries, usually evaluated by MRI, should be protected in hinged knee brace while weight bearing typically for about 6 wks. Would probably advise against sporting activites during that time but can go about day to day activities and work. Anti-infammatories/Ice may be helpful during acute phase. ...Read more
What is a "high grade sprain of the mcl" exactly ? What is its equivilancy on the numbered grading system of 1 o 3?
High grade =3=bad: The grading scale is based on finding on mri--grade 1 = minor sprain, grade 2=severe prain/partial tear, and grade 3 =complete disruption of the ligament. In general, isolated mcl injury is not repaired, but for athletes surgical correction is often recommended. If you are having trouble, consult your doc--an orthopedic surgeon/sports medicine doc maybe needed. Good luck. ...Read more
It depends on the: Severity of the injury between 6-12 weeks. ...Read more
I sprained my MCL, but I want to get back to playing Hockey ASAP. If I went back with just a sprain, would I really possibly tear it or make it worse?
Yes: Wait until it's fully healed before playing hockey again. You could make it worse. All the best. ...Read more
Not recommended: Grade i sprains usually would allow return to sports within 4-6 weeks with a hinged knee brace. Grade ii and iii sprains have a mandatory sports shut down period, up to 3 months for grade iii. ...Read more
MCL sprian: Mcl injuries can take up to 8 weeks to heal. ...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
It is possible.: If the forces are high enough you may sustain further injuries. ...Read more
Knee ligaments: Severe injuries of the knee involving 2 ligaments & meniscus will require a few months to 6-8 months to recover depending unpinned the selected treatment . Non surgical care using a brace , NSAIDs and pt typically results in some recovery within 2-3 months . Surgery , to include acl reconstruction , partial menisectomy will require the longer quoted period of time ...Read more
Unlikely: The lcl would be strained by putting an abnormal force against the medial part of the knee. This is unlikely to happen while walking. It is always a good idea, especially if you are uneasy, to have a brief course of physical therapy after surgery to help build up the surrounding and core musculature. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
MCL sprain: It depends upon the severity and other associated injuries, such as meniscal tear, acl and PCL and lcl tear. A mild sprain (grade ! mcl) just requires rest/possible short term bracing. Isolated mcls usually don't require surgery. If surgery is being done for other reasons and the mcl is grade 3 (complete), then surgery can be entertained. ...Read more
Yes: Wearing a brace does not guarantee ligament injury. ...But it could have been worse if you did not wear it. ...Read more
Motion/strength: You cannot really speed up the healing of the mcl. It will take 2-3 months to heal regardless of how it is treated. However, knee motion and quad strength can easily worsen as a result of mcl tears. If you work on motion and work on quad strengthening, this will not happen and you will be much faster on your road to recovery back onto the court. ...Read more
Probably want to: Take it a little bit easy here. Not likely to do any permanent damage, but will likely slow your recovery. At the least wear some loose brace to give the joint some extra support and run in controlled circumstances where you will not stumble and risk worsening the injury. ...Read more
Would it be ok to stretch my hamstrings and quads on my leg which suffered a grade I mcl sprain about 5 weeks ago?
I recently sprained my MCL and i'm using rice to recover and the swelling has subsided. I am however experiencing lower calf pain. Is this normal?
Perhaps: Massage may be helpful to deal with any swelling associated with an acl/mcl sprain (which is the same as a tear) and it may help to mobilize inflammatory byproducts and increase blood flow to the injured area. It is not a stand alone treatment and should be part of a more general rehabilitation program that may or may not include surgery if the tear of the acl is severe. ...Read more
A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more
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