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If you strain your mcl, are you more likely to have a tear down the road?

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Dr. Greg Hicken
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: Not likely

When ligaments completely heal, the rate of reinjury is the same as the native ligament.
It is important to allow the mcl to heal as a return to activities too early will lead to reinjury.

In brief: Not likely

When ligaments completely heal, the rate of reinjury is the same as the native ligament.
It is important to allow the mcl to heal as a return to activities too early will lead to reinjury.
Dr. Greg Hicken
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: No

Once a mcl (medial collateral ligament) is healed, you should be fully recovered and particiapting in all the activities you were doing without restricitons or limitations.
For a grade 1 (sprain), this may take 2 to 4 weeks, for a grade 2 (partial) tear this may take 4 to 6 weeks, and for a grade 3 (complete) tear this may take 6 to 8 weeks. Pain or instability after 3 months should be evaluated.

In brief: No

Once a mcl (medial collateral ligament) is healed, you should be fully recovered and particiapting in all the activities you were doing without restricitons or limitations.
For a grade 1 (sprain), this may take 2 to 4 weeks, for a grade 2 (partial) tear this may take 4 to 6 weeks, and for a grade 3 (complete) tear this may take 6 to 8 weeks. Pain or instability after 3 months should be evaluated.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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