CONDITION: Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is a broad, thick band four to six inches long located on the medial aspect, or inside, of the knee. It extends from the upper-inside surface of the shin bone, or tibia, to the bottom-inside surface of the thigh bone, or femur, and stabilizes the joint on the inside of the knee.
How does a medial collateral ligament injury develop?
The medial collateral ligament is vulnerable to injury such as blows to the knee from the outside, which often occur during contact sports. Injury can also occur if the individual falls awkwardly, such as while playing a contact sports or skiing. Injury to this ligament, as any other, can vary from an extreme stretching of the ligament, to a partial or even a complete tear. MCL injuries may also occur in conjunction with injuries to other ligaments of the knee, such as an lateral collateral ligament (LCL) injury, a anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury or a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury.
What are the symptoms of a medial collateral ligament injury?
The initial injury often feels like a tearing pain on the inside of the knee. Although the individual may still be able to walk, the pain usually increases with time. Tenderness, as well as a swelling of the knee may also be present, and an indication of the severity of the injury. The knee may also become instable, giving way while standing or walking.
Conventional medical treatments may help relieve the symptoms of a medial collateral ligament injury but they do not address the root of the problem. By addressing the root of the problem, as natural medicine therapies like Prolotherapy do, medial collateral ligament injury pain can be alleviated permanently.
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