MCL Sprain: question on healing time.

by Justin
(Denver, CO )

I am in my mid 30's and I was diagnosed with some sort of MCL Sprain which occurred from standing up quickily from a kneeling position. I did not seek medical care (family dr.) for 3 weeks following the injury and had an MRI at that time.

Initial treatment was PT (mostly on my quad) and some electrotherapy for a month and ordered to wear a hinged brace during the day for several weeks after. All treatment was given by therapist.

Although the acute pain from normal walking has subsided I still have pain while bending for sleep and after driving for several miles. It has been nearly 3 months since the injury. Valgus pressure/stress still causes pain. The knee just doesn't feel as stable as my other one.

Should I seek a 2nd opinion from a orthopedic doctor since I never consulted with one initially or just give it more time?

Is this common for the pain to last this long?

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Apr 18, 2013
My MCL grade 1 sprain NEW
by: Mari R

I fell while skating, bending my knee awkwardly. Having been a lifelong runner, my support muscles helped prevent a more serious injury. It has been 3 weeks, and I can just now straighten my knee and the acute pain has subsided. It felt like I was stabbed with a knife in that spot, but just today it only feels bruised.
I have been taking glucosamine and motrin daily, and wrapping it while up walking. I was given these exercises and guidelines to follow to rehab my knee. Hopefully it will help with your recovery!
http://www.ndortho.com/Pt_Advisor-WEB/MCL_Sprain.pdf

Jul 27, 2012
mcl repture grade 3 NEW
by: Raju gurung

i had reputred mcl 1 year before my doctor suggested exercise for healing mcl but my knee still now minor instability it's going to almost 1 year ..in this case i what should i do to continue exercise or any knee surgery plzzz suggest me for good solution..

Jan 18, 2011
MEAT was best way to heal the MCL for me
by: Anonymous

Injured MCL by torqing my knee while entering the house. At first could not walk on the knee. MEAT-method means Movement, exercise, analgesic and treatment. Also RICE and acupuncture for a month.Orthpopedic surgeon took X-rays and referred to physical therapy where for past 2 months am learning very simple exercises to build up supporting muscles and move properly after years of sloppy movement. Am taking anti-inflamatories like Arnica, Deveil's Claw,Osteo Bi-flex with Bosellia,Boswellin,vitamins,lots of vitamin C,Glucosamine,Chondroitin, Folic Acid and RICE.I read ultrasound would be helpful.Finally back to walking my dog-whew!Drinking copious water, hot lemonade with honey,eating curry,curried turkey soup, tumeric, cinammon capsules,veggie juice,naproxyn as needed. Therapists do soft tissue work/tape the knee in place.I am seeing results!Hooray! Throbbing is only slight after 3 months. I am going to make it! Yay!

Apr 14, 2010
Need another opinion on healing time
by: Anonymous

I also have a MCL tear (grade III) and a partial ACL tear. The MRI also showed a grade I LCL injury. I was fitted with a hinged brace as soon as the MRI results came back and I was told that I could bear weight with the aid of crutches. Since it was not immobilized for the first 10 days or so, as noted in the previous post), would this hinder the healing process. My doctor said it the MCL will reattach, but everything I have read speaks otherwise. Can someone enlighten me on the healing time and process. My injury happened 2 1/2 weeks ago and I have a driving trip to Florida planned in 8 weeks. I need to know, realistically, if my knee should be stable enough to romp in the sand and surf.

Jul 01, 2008
I would refer you to an ortho
by: Bart - SII

If you were my patient, I would refer you for an orthopedic consult, just to be on the safe side. With that said, they will most likely take a look at your previous MRI, ask about your therapy, and then recommend that you continue with what you are doing and give it time. So, for peace of mind, you might want a second opinion, or you can give it more time.

It isn't uncommon for an MCL sprain, especially a grade II or III sprain to be tender to the touch and with valgus stress for several months. This is very true if the first 3 weeks were not spent immobilized, as this is when the ligament is going through the scar formation process and trying to tighten itself down. You probably have some laxity in the ligament, which is why your knee feels less stable than the other side.

You probably also need to work on your hip and core strength, especially stabilizing during activities...I would recommend talking with your PT or physician about exercises that you can do to work on improving your hip abductors and external rotators - these muscles will have a direct impact on how much stress the MCL is under with activities.

Unfortunately, I do not yet have a lot of specific exercises on the website for hip and core strengthening - I hope to add them in the near future. So talk to your PT about them in the meantime.

Hope this helps - comment back if you have other questions.

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