What is the Treatment for an MCL Tear?
Treatment of a medial collateral ligament injury depends on the degree of injury and severity of symptoms.
Most grade 1-2 MCL injuries respond well to non-surgical treatment. Dr. Yau will typically prescribe a combination of bracing, ice, rest and physical therapy.
In unstable grade 3 MCL tears or those that don’t respond to conservative treatment measures, Dr. Yau may recommend meniscus surgery. This requires Dr. Yau to repair or reconstruct the torn MCL. If a repair is necessary, he will suture the torn ligament in order to promote healing. Occasionally, Dr. Yau may augment the repair by adding a graft if the native ligament is thin or insufficient. If reconstruction is necessary, the MCL will be reconstructed using a strong tendon graft from the patient (autograft) or from a donor (allograft).
For additional information on a medial collateral ligament injury, or to determine if you require surgery for your MCL tear, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Jervis Yau, knee specialist located in the Santa Barbara, Goleta, Santa Maria and Ventura, California area.