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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.

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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 it possible for a torn MCL to heal on its own?

Is it possible for a torn MCL to heal on its own?

Yes: Yes, mcl injuries have a good chance to heal on their own without surgery depending on the grade and location of the tear.

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Is is beneficial to allow a grade II MCL tear to heal before PCL reconstruction? How much pre-op healing time is most beneficial?

Is is beneficial to allow a grade II MCL tear to heal before PCL reconstruction? How much pre-op healing time is most beneficial?

In most cases: Although surgeons may differ in their approach, many feel that 4-6 wks of "healing time " is beneficial before posterolateral corner repairs or PCL repairs.

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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.

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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.

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1st degree acl, pcl...3rd degree MCL ... How many days it will take to heal and what I have to do?

1st degree acl, pcl...3rd degree MCL ... How many days it will take to heal and what I have to do?

Not likely: That diagnosis is not typical. There isn't really a mechanism of injury that would cause us to give such a diagnosis. So you more likely need to see another specialist. My best guess is that you only have a grade 3 mcl and don't have an acl or PCL injury. In that case, you only need to give it time. It should take 2-3 months for an mcl to mostly heal.

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It's been 5 weeks since grade 2 and 3 MCL tear in both knees. How long does it take to heal itself?

It's been 5 weeks since grade 2 and 3 MCL tear in both knees. How long does it take to heal itself?

Depends: Depends on the type of tear and its location. Most tears from the medial femoral condyle have a good blood supply and oftentimes can heal with bracing, pt, and rice. If the tear is significantly displaced or a distal tear off the tibia, these do not usually do well and can sometimes warrant surgery. Either way an MRI is necessary and I do recommend appropriate orthopedic evaluation and treatment.

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Bout 3M ago torn my mcl/acl . Bending about 3/4 the way but pops when straighten .. Most time no pain pop.. Will it heal without surgery?

Bout 3M ago torn my mcl/acl . Bending about 3/4 the way  but pops when straighten ..  Most time no pain pop.. Will it heal without surgery?

No: The ACL ligament will not heal on its own. Even when surgery is done, it is not repaired. Another structure, usually a tendon, is harvested and used in its place. If a person is low demand, they can sometimes do ok with out surgery, alrhough they may need a brace. Most reasonably active people need surgery as the ACL is the major stabilizer of the knee.

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My ortho Dr has advised me during Arthrolysis surgery he had to move my MCL in order to reach scar tissue, thus it needs time to heal...is this common?

My ortho Dr has advised me during Arthrolysis surgery he had to move my MCL in order to reach scar tissue, thus it needs time to heal...is this common?

Confused: Need more information to give you a good answer, but that doesn't make sense. Sometimes the MCL can be stretched and injured during the arthroscopy but it always heals back by itself in that setting.

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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.

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I've partial MCL torn & ACL bony avulsion - 15 days. Dr said I don't need surgery. How long does it take to heal? Knew swelling is still there badly

I've partial MCL torn & ACL bony avulsion - 15 days. Dr said I don't need surgery. How long does it take to heal? Knew swelling is still there badly

Probably can rehab: If your 62, I don't think you need to have an acl reconstruction. If you have a grade 1 or 2 mcl sprain, it should heal over 4-6 weeks. Regarding the ACL, you still will have 3 other ligaments in your knee in addition to other stabilizers Once the swelling has gone down, you can begin rehab to regain your motion and increase your quad and hamstring strength

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Grade 2 ?3 MCL tear after patella dislocation . Tkr may . Injury november . Surgical repair. Hinged brace now. He thinks heal. 2 fail lateral releases

Grade 2 ?3 MCL tear after patella dislocation . Tkr may . Injury november . Surgical repair. Hinged brace now. He thinks heal. 2 fail lateral releases

Depends on reexamni-: Nation findings ; your symptoms. Ask all these questions of your treating surgeon, who knows you and probably did your surgery. You don't want to second guess him. Wait and be patient. No one can tell you whether its healing or not? He should be your best source of all information ; advice. Liston to him. Good luck and happy holidays.

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How long does a broken toe, torn MCL in foot, torn joint capsule and swelling in the bone take to heal?

How long does a broken toe, torn MCL in foot, torn joint capsule and swelling in the bone take to heal?

Approx 6-8 weeks.: In healthy people, most bones take 6-8 weeks to heal. However, the body continues the healing process for a full year after injury or surgery. So for example if you had an MRI it will still show activity even after the 6-8 weeks.

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Is it possible to not have a mcl ?

I do not thing so?: Not to have medial collateral ligament of the knee from congenital reason, I do not find case in the liteleture. To have torn mcl it is very possible, and you could function with it but this effect the knee and cause arthritis early beside other problems.

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Which MCL is mild or moderate injury?

Which MCL is mild or moderate injury?

MCL: Injury to the medial collateral ligament (mcl) is a common sports injury. These injuries are graded as grade i, ii or iii which is akin to mild, moderate, severe. Most isolated mcl injuries heal without the need for surgery. Depending on the severity of injury, the healing time can vary between 6 and 10 weeks.