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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-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


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What is the possibility of tearing my MCL if i already have an MCL sprain and tendonitis?

What is the possibility of tearing my MCL if i already have an MCL sprain and tendonitis?

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

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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

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

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What kind of treatment is done for MCL sprain? Does a hinge brace help with the sprain? How long does it take to heal? Can a sprain turn into a tear?

What kind of treatment is done for MCL sprain?  Does a hinge brace help with the sprain? How long does it take to heal? Can a sprain turn into a tear?

Brace, weeks to heal: Most MCL sprains often heal on their own with relative rest, and a hinged brace can help relieve pain and stabilize the knee. There are 3 grades, with Grade 1 representing microtearing. Grade 2 is a partial tear and Grade 3 is a full tear. Grade 3s sometimes require surgery. Healing is typically 1-3 weeks for Grade 1, 3-6 weeks for Grade 2 and the longest for Grade 3. ...Read more

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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I had twisted knee i had almost complete tear of mcl&sprain of ACL when can I be back to sport?

Dr. Alvin Lin Dr. Lin
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I had twisted knee i had almost complete tear of mcl&sprain of ACL when can I be back to sport?

Ask ur OrthopedicDoc: Better yet, go see a sports medicine specialist who can help you decide when to return to activity. Many variables to consider. How "almost complete" is "almost complete"? In what sport do you participate? Most important, how is your pain control? Bottom line: go see your doc. ...Read more

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Had 1st degree MCL knee tear/sprain 2.5 weeks ago from ski. Can walk with 1 crutch but have pain while bending knee. Should i be alarmed? Meniscus?

Had 1st degree MCL knee tear/sprain 2.5 weeks ago from ski. Can walk with 1 crutch but have pain while bending knee. Should i be alarmed? Meniscus?

Maybe.: As long as it is an isolated mcl tear it will heal uneventfully. It could be a medial meniscus tear, though. A careful exam can usually distinguish between the two, but in some cases an MRI is needed to rule out meniscal injury. Pain with walking or bending can be seen with both. ...Read more

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What treatment for a MRI scan with the following conclusion:posterior third medial meniscal tear with chronic MCL sprain with mild prepatellar bursiti?

What treatment for a MRI scan with the following conclusion:posterior third medial meniscal tear with chronic MCL sprain with mild prepatellar bursiti?

Surgery?: A torn medial meniscus usually does not heal, the ligament sprain will heal on its own. If you are having pain, locking or instability, then you may need arthroscopic surgery to treat the meniscus tear. ...Read more

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Mcl sprain after dislocation of patella. Recent lateral release , meniscus repair . How do they know no tear without mri? Limp, popping noise , pain

Dr. Ayo Adu Dr. Adu
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Mcl sprain after dislocation  of patella. Recent  lateral release , meniscus repair . How  do they know no tear without mri? Limp, popping noise , pain

Cannot be sure: An MRI is an appropriate imaging study to detect a ligamentous or meniscal tear. A physical exam by a physician can help distinguish between different injuries, but symptoms such popping noises wouldn't necessarily signify a tear or not. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a grade 1 MCL sprain?

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

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How long would it take for an MCL sprain to completely heal?

How long would it take for an MCL sprain to completely heal?

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

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Does anybody have any good recommendations for someone who's recovering from MCL sprain?

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

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What is a "high grade sprain of the mcl" exactly ? What is its equivilancy on the numbered grading system of 1 o 3?

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

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Can you play basketball witha sprained mcl?

Can you play basketball witha sprained mcl?

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

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How long does it take for mcl/meniscus sprain to heal?

How long does it take for mcl/meniscus sprain to heal?

MCL sprian: Mcl injuries can take up to 8 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Is pain on the inside ofmy knee a type of MCL sprain or could it be something else?

Is pain on the inside ofmy knee a type of MCL sprain or could it be something else?

Possibly: Medial sided knee pain typically can be caused by a medial meniscal tear (shock absorber), mcl sprain, or arthritis. If you have sustained a recent traumatic event, any of these could be the cause of your discomfort. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

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


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