What is MCL injury?
An MCL injury is an injury of the knee caused by the MCL (Medial Collateral Ligaments) one of the four knee ligaments stabilising the knee joint located on the inside of the knee being suddenly stretched beyond it’s limits causing MCL sprain, partial tear or complete MCL tear due to quickly changing direction or twisting the knee while running, jumping and landing awkwardly, or when the knee is hit forcefully from the outside usually during field sport activities. MCL injury symptoms are: A popping sound at moment of injury, sudden pain on inside of knee, rapid knee swelling and tenderness mostly on inside of knee, knee locking/catching and a feeling of the knee “giving way”.
Treatment for MCL injury
Your physiotherapist will physically assess and test painful movements and muscle strength to diagnose grade of medial collateral ligament injury, use hands on physiotherapy, shockwave therapy, dry needling, and taping. Advise re avoiding or modifying certain sport activities. Provide MCL injury rehab exercises via our exercise prescription software Salaso. Prescribe knee supports, kinesiology tape, resistance bands and foam roller.
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