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What is the difference between the grades of tears for your mcl?

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Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
Dr. Christopher Hajnik
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: There are 3 grades

A grade 1 tear is a sprain where the mcl is stretched but is not torn.
It is swollen and painful but the knee is stable. A grade 2 tear is a partial tear and there may be some slight opening of the joint when stressed. A grade 3 tear is a complete disruption of the mcl and the knee opens medially when forced into a valgus or "knock-knee" position.

In brief: There are 3 grades

A grade 1 tear is a sprain where the mcl is stretched but is not torn.
It is swollen and painful but the knee is stable. A grade 2 tear is a partial tear and there may be some slight opening of the joint when stressed. A grade 3 tear is a complete disruption of the mcl and the knee opens medially when forced into a valgus or "knock-knee" position.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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