What are MCL Treatment Options?
Treatment of a medial collateral ligament tear depends on severity of damage to the ligament and patient’s overall knee function.
Does an MCL Injury Require Surgery?
An incomplete or partial MCL tear is commonly treated with the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method, bracing and strict physical therapy protocols prescribed by Dr. Provencher. It is strongly suggested that patients work with the in-house physical therapists at Howard Head Sports Medicine to optimize their rehabilitation.
What is an MCL Reconstruction?
If the MCL injury failed to respond to conservative treatment measures or if the tear is too severe, a surgical procedure may be recommended by Dr. Provencher. He commonly utilizes an open procedure to repair or reconstruct the damaged MCL. If possible, he will perform a repair and suture the torn ligament to promote healing. If this is not possible, he will perform either an augmentation (suturing the remaining ligament and reinforcing with a graft) or a complete reconstruction (reconstructing the entire ligament with a graft), depending on injury severity. The grafts are typically taken from the patient or are a donated graft from another individual. Dr. Provencher will explain the pros and cons of each graft option in great detail at a patient’s first consultation.
For additional resources on an MCL injury, such as a medial collateral ligament tear, please contact the orthopedic practice of Dr. Matthew Provencher, knee specialist located in the Vail, Aspen, Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado area.