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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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Ruptured acl, torn meniscus, moderate MCL & bone contusions. Please help me!?

Ruptured acl, torn meniscus, moderate MCL & bone contusions. Please help me!?

ACL deficiency : Without acl reconstruction you can expect instability particularly with decending stairs or turning quickly from side to side. Long term acl deficiency ultimately will end up with severe osteoarthritis in 15-20 years. In the interim, meniscus tears (cartilage"shock absorbers" in the knee) are more likely. ...Read more

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Had a knee injury 4 weeks ag skiing (dr. Informed a possible acl/mcl rupture). The MRI confirmed it. I am unable to bend my knees. It hurts. Why ?

Had a knee injury 4 weeks ag skiing (dr. Informed a possible acl/mcl rupture). The MRI  confirmed it. I am unable to bend my knees. It hurts. Why ?

Inflammation hurts: Ligamentous injuries to the knee cause edema not only to the bony attachments, but to the lining of the tendons. This inflammation usually causes fluid to build up, making movements of the knee very painful. This responds to anti-inflammatory medication and rest. ...Read more

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I ruptured and damaged my MCL beyond repair, dislodged all cartilage in my knee, ruptured my ACL, damaged my PCL and unattached and damaged my patella tendon. I got badly tripped and would like to know what I would feel if I had re-damaged the patella ten

I ruptured and damaged my MCL beyond repair, dislodged all cartilage in my knee, ruptured my ACL, damaged my PCL and unattached and damaged my patella tendon. I got badly tripped and would like to know what I would feel if I had re-damaged the patella ten

Depends: Injury and pain is felt differently by different people. If you have not had the previous injuries repaired,it may be difficult to feel any significant difference. The function of your knee(being able to straighten it and hold it off the ground while sitting) may be affected with a patellar tendon injury -but may not be. An MRI is sometimes the only way to see the injury. See your doctor. ...Read more

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If an awkward fall is taken and a pop is heard, followed by pain on the inside of the knee does that indicate a tear of the MCL?

If an awkward fall is taken and a pop is heard, followed by pain on the inside of the knee does that indicate a tear of the MCL?

Not always: There are a number of structures on the medial aspect of the knee that could potentially be injured in a fall. A detailed scam and possibly an MRI can uduLly tell the specific nature of the injury. ...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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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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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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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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If my knee pops and cracks, could this mean I have an MCL tear?

No: There can be many causes for pops and crackles (called "crepitus"), including torn meniscus, patella chondromalacia, loose body, knee swelling following an injury, or synovitis (inflammation of the lining). Some times normal knee pop and crack. Mcl tears are associated with pain, tenderness, and swelling along the medial joint line and a tendency for the knee to want to buckle with activity. ...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 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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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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Would you be able to tear you MCL by hitting it on a dash board?

Would you be able to tear you MCL by hitting it on a dash board?

Tear muscle hit dash: Mcl tear happens when your knee is hit directly on its outer side with a force, or by repeated stress.It will be really hard to tear mcl by hitting the dashboard, but if you try hard enough you probabely can. ...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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Is it possible to tear my ACL or MCL while getting up?

Is it possible to tear my ACL or MCL while getting up?

Yes: The pivoting involved in tearing the acl is difficult to do just by getting up from a seated position but not impossible. It would necessitate a sudden twisting of the upper body on a planted knee that is held stationary. While not impossible, it is rarely a tear that occurs with such low energy. ...Read more

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Doc says I have a type 3 MCL tear. What does this mean?

Doc says I have a type 3 MCL tear. What does this mean?

Complete tear: Grade 1 is a mild sprain. Grade 2 is a partial tear, and grade 3 represrents a complete tear with demosntrable instability on exam. Bracing and physical therapy usually work with adequate soft tissue rest (ice , elevation, and limited activity) to allow swollen knee to calm down. ...Read more

Rupture (Definition)

When a hollow structure like an blood vessel, a cyst, bladder, bowel, etc bursts we ...Read more