Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL)

Causes  |  Symptoms  |  Treatment Options

What Is A Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL)?

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is an important stabilising ligament over the inner side of the knee.

This is commonly injured when the knee splits out sideways, which can occur during activities such as slipping on a wet floor or skiing.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Tear?

At the time of injury, one will experience pain and swelling over the inner side of the knee, particularly when putting weight on the knee and walking.

What Are The Treatment Options Available For A Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Tear?

Mild tears of the MCL usually heal well with a rigid knee brace to protect the ligament while it heals. Physiotherapy will also help with more rapid recovery.

In more severe cases, surgery may be required to repair or reconstruct the torn ligament.