Medial Collateral Ligament Tear is commonly seen in skiers as well as in football and soccer players, particularly in athletes 16-50 years old. The ligament tear or sprain can occur in a contact or non-contact with valgus force (force from outside being push inward).
The pain is typically localized and the athlete feels a tearing sensation or hears a popping sound. The most significant tenderness will be at the insertion of the upper knee.
For severe isolated MCL injuries, a period of bracing might be necessary to assist in ligament healing. For low grade MCL injuries, no bracing is required but ice massage, exercise bike as tolerated, and quadriceps strengthening exercises as well as a medial-lateral sleeve might provide additional support.
The initial goal is to regain full motion which may be stiff and painful in the beginning. As progress is made, the athlete should complete an exercise program for quadriceps, hamstrings and the muscles of the hip.
Recovery can take up to three months, depending on the range of motion, strength, and absence of pain. Athletes should progress slowly and gradually increase the time spent in their sport.
In this video below, I am working with one of my players who suffered a Grade 1 MCL tear. I am using the Vertimax to work on eccentric leg strength as part of our post-physical therapy rehab.
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