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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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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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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