MCL Tear Treatment in Kirkland, WA
As a fellowship-trained board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Camille Clinton delivers state-of-the-art treatment to patients experiencing MCL injuries. Dr. Clinton is dedicated to providing patient-centered care and takes the time to discuss all treatment options in an effort to preserve and improve patient lifestyles. Call to schedule an appointment at her office in Kirkland, WA today!
MCL Injuries & Surgery
What is the MCL?
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is located on the inside of the knee. It is a strong flat band of fibrous tissue that extends from the medial epicondyle of the femur (thigh bone) to the medial plateau of the tibia (shin bone). The MCL prevents the inside of the knee from opening up or buckling during movement.
What are the causes and symptoms of MCL injuries?
The MCL is typically injured from a blow to the outside of the knee. An MCL tear can occur as an isolated injury or it can be associated with other knee injuries, in particular tears of the ACL and medial meniscus. The most common symptom following an MCL injury is pain directly over the ligament on the inside (medial side) of the knee. There is often also an initial limitation to motion. Symptoms of a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury tend to correlate with the extent of the injury. The severity of the injury is graded from I (minor) to III (complete tear).
How are MCL tears treated?
Most MCL tears heal on their own, without the need for surgery. In higher-grade injuries, a brace is often prescribed to protect the ligament while it heals. Grade I and grade II injuries are usually resolved within 4-6 weeks, though full recovery may take longer. During this time, it is important to regain and maintain knee motion, while also working on strengthening the surrounding muscle groups.
Grade III injuries are more severe injuries that are often associated with tears of other ligaments in the knee. Surgical repair of the MCL may be needed for some grade III injuries, and occasionally for chronic MCL injuries that have not healed appropriately.
Schedule An Appointment
Dr. Camille Clinton is a fellowship-trained board-certified orthopedic surgeon that specializes in treating knee injuries. She will take the time to discuss your treatment options and help you decide what is best for you. Call (425) 823-4000 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clinton today!