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MCL & LCL Ligament Injuries


What is an MCL or LCL Injury?

Knee injuries are extremely common, especially as a result of a sports injury. Some of the most common knee injuries are MCL or LCL sprains or tears. Often, tears to the MCL and LCL are caused by direct blows to the knee that push the knee outwards or inwards in an unnatural way.

What are the symptoms of an MCL or LCL Injury?

The symptoms of MCL and LCL injuries vary depending on the severity of the injury. Typically, sprains are less severe than tears and the symptoms associated with a sprain of the ligament are not as painful as the symptoms of a ligament tear.

The most common symptoms of an MCL or LCL Ligament Injury include:

  • Knee pain
  • Instability of the knee
  • Swelling of the knee
  • Locking of the knee

What treatments are available for MCL and LCL Sprains and Tears?

Treatment for minor MCL or LCL Sprains usually includes the RICE Method: Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. Physical Therapy and stretching exercises can also be helpful for strengthening of the ligaments and prevention of a future injury.

Not all MCL or LCL Tears require surgery. While at times, surgery may be necessary; non-surgical treatment for MCL and LCL Tears may also include Physical Therapy, Pain Management, stabilization, and strengthening and motion exercises.

At New York Pain Care, personalized treatment plans for knee injuries or sports injuries are designed for each individual patient by our expert staff.

What do I do next?

The first step in treating a Ligament Injury is to make an appointment to see a doctor who specializes in Sports Medicine for a diagnosis and to learn your treatment options.

Call us at 212-604-1300 or request more information using the form above. At New York Pain Care our goal is to get you started on a personalized treatment plan to find relief.

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Page Updated on Oct 27, 2020 by Dr. Hosny (Interventional Spine Specialist) of New York Pain Care
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