MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament)

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Quiz: Do You Understand MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) Knee Surgery?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

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1

Medial collateral ligament sprains range in degrees of severity from 1 to 5.

Explanation:
Medial collateral ligament sprains range in degrees of severity from 1 to 3, with 3 being the worst (a complete tear of the ligament). The majority of MCL injuries are grade 1 and 2, and are generally treated non-surgically.
2

These injuries are common in sports such as downhill skiing and hockey, as are ACL tears.

Explanation:
These injuries are common is sports such as downhill skiing and hockey, as are ACL tears. It occurs when there is a valgus load to the knee, which is when the force is coming from the outside and the ligament on the inside gets stretched or twisted.
3

Symptoms of a medial collateral ligament sprain include pain along the medial side of your knee, swelling and stiffness.

Explanation:
Symptoms of a medial collateral ligament sprain include pain along the medial side of your knee, swelling and stiffness. You should see your family doctor if these symptoms are more significant.
4

The best initial treatment for an MCL injury is usually surgery.

Explanation:
The best initial treatment is with the RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression and elevation) and anti-inflammatories. On average, it takes six weeks for an MCL injury to heal.
5

MCL reconstruction surgery is done arthroscopically.

Explanation:
MCL reconstruction surgery is rarely required, but if it is it’s typically done through a small incision on the inside of the knee. It cannot be done arthroscopically, as the medial collateral ligament is not inside the knee joint.