Ligament (MCL) Injury

Ligament (MCL) Injury

Definition

Tear to the medial collateral ligament. The MCL is located on the inside of the knee, while the lateral collateral ligament(LCL) is located on the outside of the knee. Injury to the MCL is more common than injury to the LCL.

Causes

Twisting injury to the knee or a blow to the outside of the knee, often occurring in sports.

Symptoms

Pain and swelling, lack of knee stability. Requires evaluation by a medical professional.

Treatment

Usually dependent on what grade injury determined by evaluation. Follow advice from a medical professional. MCL injuries are usually not as serious as a ACL injury.