Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injuries
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) its located on the inner side of your knee, but on the outside of the joint itself. It’s one of the four main ligaments that connect the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). The main functions of this ligament are to keep the stable and prevent its from moving too far sideways.
An injury to the medial collateral ligament is often called an MCL sprain and is caused by a direct blow to the outside of the knee, which stretches or tears the MCL. This injury is common in contact sports.
The symptoms of a medial collateral ligament injury include:
- A popping sound upon injury
- Pain and tenderness along the inner part of your knee
- Swelling of the knee joint
- The sensation of your knee giving way
- A locking of catching in the joint when moved
OKC Orthopedics Sports Medicine is committed to helping patients with medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries return to the highest level of activity possible. Our team of orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and athletic trainers work together to tailor a treatment plan to each patient’s needs and goals.
Our orthopedic surgeons are experts in knee arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure in which small instruments and a thin, flexible medical device with a camera pass through an incision the size of a small Band-Aid. After surgery, our physical therapists guide each patient through a personalized rehabilitation program to restore strength and mobility.