MCL Injury Treatment From Orthopedic Doctors in Louisville, KY
A full spectrum of treatment for medial collateral ligament (MCL) injuries is available at Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, and New Albany, Indiana. Our independently owned practice has been assisting local families since 1974 and continues to provide world-class orthopedic care to adolescents and children with a wide array of musculoskeletal issues, including MCL injuries.
What Is an MCL Injury?
The MCL is one of four main ligaments that support the knee. It runs along the outside of the knee joint, connecting the top of the shinbone to the bottom of the thighbone. Often, MCL injuries occur during contact sports as a result of a direct blow to the outside knee. These injuries may entail a stretched, partially torn, or completely torn ligament.
You may have sustained an MCL injury if:
- You heard a popping sound when your knee was injured
- Your knee is swollen or tender
- You feel as though your knee may give out if you put weight on it
- There is a catching or locking sensation when you move your knee
Be sure to promptly speak with an orthopedic physician if you notice any of these symptoms. While you wait to receive professional treatment, place an ice pack on your knee and rest to reduce swelling and avoid further injury.
What Does MCL Injury Treatment Involve?
Depending on the severity of the MCL injury, treatment can involve:
- Physical therapy
- Knee bracing
- Activity modification (i.e. avoiding high-impact activities)
- Surgery (appropriate for extensive MCL tears)
Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic provides the latest advancements in conservative and surgical MCL injury treatment to all kinds of patients, from athletes and weekend warriors to seniors who enjoy staying active with their grandkids. If you need care for a knee injury, contact us today—sports injury urgent care is available at our Louisville location, and our New Albany location offers same- and next-day appointments.