MCL Injury Treatment Can Ease Knee Pain and Strengthen Your Joint with Lasting Results
Your MCL, or medial collateral ligament, is an important band of tissues that connects your thighbone to your tibia. It serves to stabilize your knee and prevent inward movement of the joint. If you experience an MCL injury, it can cause significant pain and loss of movement. At New York Spine and Sports Surgery, we offer effective MCL treatment to our New Jersey area patients. Dr. Aron D. Rovner is experienced with knee surgery and can perform these procedures, if necessary. However, in most cases, he will begin with more conservative, non-invasive treatments. Whatever method he ultimately uses, you could experience a significant improvement in your knee pain and mobility.
What Are MCL Injuries?
There are several types of MCL injuries. If you have a Grade 1 injury, it means that your ligament has been stretched, but not torn. Grade 2 injuries involve a partial tear. A full MCL tear is classified as a Grade 3 injury. With this more serious type of damage, your joint will often become unstable. MCL damage most often occurs because of sports injuries. Sudden stops and changes in direction, bending, twisting, and blunt force on the outside of your knee can damage this ligament.
Also known as knee sprains, MCL injuries are commonly sports related.
Symptoms of an MCL Injury
Your symptoms will depend on the severity of damage. Often, they will occur immediately after damage occurs, and they will grow worse over the next several hours. Effects could include:
- Pain on the inside of your knee
- A popping noise when you first injure your knee
- A locking sensation in the joint
- Joint instability
Treatment Options for MCL Injuries
Before recommending a course of treatment, Dr. Rovner will carefully examine your joint. Often, he can diagnose an MCL injury based on visible swelling and looseness in your inner knee. However, to provide a definite diagnosis, he will typically take x-rays and an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan, as well.
Dr. Rovner may recommend one of several different treatments. Frequently, he will combine procedures for complete and lasting results.
- Rest: Immediately after your injury, you should rest your knee and allow inflammation to subside. Ice packs, crutches, and a knee brace can all help the joint to heal.
- Medications: Non-prescription pain medications are usually enough to reduce knee pain. If you are suffering from particularly severe discomfort, Dr. Rovner may prescribe stronger drugs.
- Physical therapy: Once your knee has started to heal, Dr. Rovner will often refer you to a physical therapist. He or she will teach you exercises to strengthen your knee muscles and restore your normal range of motion. You may need to wear your knee brace during the exercises to prevent further harm. It is important to do your workouts regularly and to follow your therapist’s specific instructions.
- Surgery: Conservative treatments are usually enough to repair MCL damage. However, if you have a Grade 3 injury, Dr. Rovner may recommend surgery. During this procedure, he will use one of several techniques to reattach the ligament to your bone.
The Benefits of Treatment with Dr. Rovner
Dr. Rovner is an internationally renowned orthopedic surgeon. He is recognized for his extensive training, advanced techniques, and commitment to patient comfort. Thanks to his impressive training, he has experience treating a wide range of knee injuries, including MCL tears. He will create a comprehensive treatment plan, and he will take you through every step of your treatment to ensure your comfort and full healing. With this approach, you should enjoy a dramatic relief from your pain. In almost all cases, you will make a full recovery, and you will be able to return to your favorite sports and activities.
Contact Us to Relieve Your Pain
If you believe that you have suffered an MCL injury, do not wait. Contact us today for an accurate diagnosis and custom treatment plan