How is an MCL Injury Treated?
The majority of MCL injuries are not treated non-surgically. Most of them heal with a combination of rest and a physical rehabilitation program to help strengthen the knee and increase flexibility. In some instances a brace is necessary to provide extra protection and support to the knee as it heals. If the MCL is simply stretched or partially torn, then conservative treatment usually corrects the MCL in 6-8 weeks.
Surgical treatment of MCL injuries is often recommended for tears or in cases where there is an associated meniscus or ligament injury. Dr. Padalecki will use a reconstruction technique to reinforce the damaged MCL. This will involve stitching the ligament back together or down to bone, along with the repair of the other injured structures in the knee. He may opt to use a graft (either from the patient or from a cadaver) if the ligament has suffered damage that is beyond repair.
What Occurs after MCL Surgery?
A rehabilitation program will be prescribed at your first post-operative visit with Dr. Padalecki and is critical in resuming normal activities. Therapy will focus on returning motion back to the injured knee and surrounding muscles to help prevent any scar tissue build up after surgery. After that is achieved, you will follow a progressive strengthening program to protect the repaired ligament.
For more information on an MCL injury, such as a torn meniscus, or other sports related injury of the knee, contact the office of Dr. Jeff Padalecki, knee specialist in Austin, Texas.