MCL Injuries

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) connects the thighbone to the shinbone on the inside of the knee joint. The collateral ligaments control the sideways motion of your knee and brace it against unusual movement.

Injuries to the collateral ligaments are usually caused by a force that pushes the knee sideways. These are often contact injuries, but not always.

Medial collateral ligament tears often occur as a result of a direct blow to the outside of the knee.

Injuries to the MCL rarely require surgery.

Treatment progresses in stages, including:

If the collateral ligament is torn in such a way that it cannot heal or is associated with other ligament or cartilage injuries, your doctor may suggest surgery to repair all the injuries.

For more information, visit our website or call us for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedic doctors. Better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM and Saturdays at 7 AM on Team 1010 KXPS or

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