Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain involves injury to the medial collateral ligament, a band of tissue on the inner side of the knee that helps stabilize the joint. This type of injury often results from a force applied to the outer part of the knee, causing the ligament to stretch or tear. MCL sprains are common in sports with lateral or twisting movements, such as soccer or skiing. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and instability in the knee.
Early diagnosis and appropriate management are crucial for a full recovery. At STRONG., we recommend seeking help through physiotherapy or chiropractic as a first step. Treatments are individualized to your needs and preferences but typical sessions may include exercise or rehabilitation focusing on the lower limb and leg, relative rest and activity modification, tissue release of tight muscles, joint mobilization/manipulation, or acupuncture. As your pain subsides, working with a personal trainer on upper back strength and mobility can often be helpful as a second step. Severe cases may require surgical intervention, but many MCL sprains can be effectively managed with conservative measures.
Treatments may include: