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How long will an MCL injury take me away from sports?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Sprain grade decides

Mild grade i mcl sprains allow progression toward normal activities when painfree to palpation, usually in 2-6 weeks.
Grade ii sprains allow progression toward normal activities around the 6-10 week mark. Grade iii sprains can take closer to 3 months before a return to sports is allowed.

In brief: Sprain grade decides

Mild grade i mcl sprains allow progression toward normal activities when painfree to palpation, usually in 2-6 weeks.
Grade ii sprains allow progression toward normal activities around the 6-10 week mark. Grade iii sprains can take closer to 3 months before a return to sports is allowed.
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Dr. Tandy Freeman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: 1-12 weeks

Mild sprains, with protection, may allow return to some sports within days of injury while more severe sprains require longer periods of healing and, in some instances, even surgery.
Before returning to play, you should be evaluated by someone (certified athletic trainer or physician) trained in treating these injuries to determine if you are adequately healed and if you need a protective brace.

In brief: 1-12 weeks

Mild sprains, with protection, may allow return to some sports within days of injury while more severe sprains require longer periods of healing and, in some instances, even surgery.
Before returning to play, you should be evaluated by someone (certified athletic trainer or physician) trained in treating these injuries to determine if you are adequately healed and if you need a protective brace.
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