If you’re experiencing knee pain, tenderness, and swelling—particularly along the inner side of your knee—as well as a feeling that your knee is going to “give out” if you put your weight on it, you may be dealing with a medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury. The MCL is a band of tissue inside the knee that connects your thighbone to the bone of your lower leg.
MCL injury treatment protocol varies depending on the severity of your injury. In fact, although many athletes worry that surgery is unavoidable, surgical MCL injury treatment isn’t always the only option. Below, we’ll take a closer look at treatment options for mild to severe injuries, including how to treat an MCL injury with non-surgical methods like physical therapy.
How to treat an MCL injury depends on the severity of your injury, what sort of activity you want to return to, and the discretion of your surgeon or physical therapist. See below for a brief breakdown of MCL injury treatment options for mild, moderate, and severe sprains and tears:
Whether you opt for surgical or non-surgical MCL injury treatment, you’ll likely work with a physical therapist to increase your range of motion and build strength in your quadriceps and hamstring muscles. You will be given a series of exercises to match your ability level and healing progress. If you play a sport, your physical therapy team with tailor your program toward the type of movements needed for your sport.
MCL injury treatment consisting of rest and physical therapy alone is a great option for non-athletes looking to regain normal mobility for everyday life. However, many young competitive athletes and professional athletes select surgical MCL injury treatment because their knees will need to withstand high levels of stress and pressure when they return to their sport.
Whichever path you choose, you can find IMPACT Physical therapy clinics in South Loop, Lakeview, Norridge, the South West Suburbs, and Champaign Urbana.
To learn more about how to treat an MCL injury with physical therapy, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 888-915-2963! We’re happy to help you schedule an appointment and locate a IMPACT Physical Therapy clinic near you in downtown Chicago, Hinsdale, Oak Lawn, or Orland Park.