What You Need to Know About MCL Injuries

football playersWhat You Need to Know About MCL InjuriesYour MCL (medial collateral ligament) is the ligament that connects your shinbone to the bottom of your thighbone. It is located on the inner part of your knee, outside of the joint. It holds your bones together and gives your knee joint stability and strength. When you injure your MCL, it is usually caused by a direct blow to the knee, making it a common injury in contact sports.

Types of MCL Injuries

MCL injuries are classified by grades, with grade 1 being the least severe and grade 3 being the most.

  • Grade 1 MCL Injury – With a grade 1 injury, the MCL has been stretched but not torn.
  • Grade 2 MCL Injury – A grade 2 MCL injury comes with some instability of the joint. The ligament is partially torn.
  • Grade 3 MCL Injury – With a grade 3 MCL injury the ligament is completely torn, causing joint instability.

Symptoms

When you tear or injure your MCL, you may experience any of the following symptoms:

  • A popping sound as the injury occurs
  • Pain along the inside of your knee
  • Swelling in your knee joint
  • Locking in your knee joint
  • Weakness/instability when you try to put weight on the knee

Diagnosing MCL Injuries

When your doctor suspects that you have an MCL injury, they may order an MRI to get an accurate picture of the damage. When you need an open MRI in Toms River, visit North Dover Radiology. Make your appointment at 732-370-9902 or book online today.