New Jersey's Leading Experts in Knee Conditions & Procedures
Our expert team specializes in restoring function to the Knee after injury or deterioration. We utilize the expertise of awarded Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeons, Sports Medicine Specialists, and Physical Therapists to develop specific treatment plans based on your unique injury, lifestyle, and goals.
What is an MCL Tear/Injury?
The MCL (medial collateral ligament) is an important knee ligament. It is located on the inside part of the knee—connecting the tibia (shin bone) to the femur (thigh bone). A direct blow to the knee may cause an MCL tear/injury. Football, soccer, and hockey are sports in which MCL tears/injuries are common. Symptoms include:
- Immediate pain and swelling
- Knee instability
- Difficulty bear weight/walking
Patients who sustain an MCL tear/injury should make an appointment with our specialists as soon as possible. A physical examination determines the severity of the tear/injury. In some cases, X-rays and an MRI are ordered after swelling goes down. An accurate diagnosis is made so the tear/injury can be effectively treated. Our specialists are fellowship trained and board-certified. They prescribe customize treatment plans that decrease symptoms and heal the tear/injury.
How is an MCL Tear/Injury Treated?
The overwhelming majority of MCL tears/injuries heal on their own after several weeks of nonsurgical treatment. All of the following are usually included in a customized OIBO treatment plan:
- Rest, ice and medications help with initial pain and swelling.
- Immobilization (a brace and crutches) is necessary as it is usually very difficult for patients to bear weight without knee instability.
- Physical therapy strengthens the knee and improves instability. OIBO approved physical therapists prescribe and monitor customized exercise plans.
Complete MCL tears may require surgical intervention. During an MCL repair, one of our specialists uses sutures to reattach torn ends of the MCL. Physical therapy is prescribed after surgery to help patients regain strength and flexibility. To schedule your appointment with one of our specialists, call our practice or visit our contact page.
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