MCL Tears

A valgus injury to the knee can result in a medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear. This occurs when someone strikes the outside of the knee forcing it inward. The ligament can be partially injured or completely disrupted. Grade 1 tears are partial tears or sprains that don’t require surgery. Grade 2 tears are more involved and result in an opening of 5-10mm when the knee is stressed. These, too, can also be treated without surgery but need a brace for protection and stabilization. Grade 3 injuries represent a complete disruption of the ligament resulting in greater than 1 cm of opening when a values stress is placed on the knee. These injuries can require surgery particularly if the MCL tears off the tibial side or if it occurs in conjunction with another ligament tear such as an ACL tear. If you would like to read more about MCL tears please click on the following link: Medial Collateral Ligament Injuries

2020-11-16T20:30:28-07:00 November 16th, 2020|Articles|