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Is A Rupture The Same Thing As A Tear Of The Mcl
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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