MCL and physical therapy

Most of the time during any type of sport you may bump into another player and the side of your knee is hit hard. As a result of this, your MCL can be damaged. The MCL is a band of tissue that is on the inner edge of your knee joint. It helps to connect your thigh bone and your shin bone to your knee so that you can work with stability and move properly. This is a very important structure that provides stability to the inside of your knee. It runs through the thigh bone to the lower leg bone and it also prevents the inward motion of the knee joint or twisting curling or bending the movement of the knee joint which is not desired movement

When you damage your MCL your knee bends and extends to an undesirable limit or may bend in an undesired direction which can lead to difficulty in walking, pain,n, and swelling. This can be cured by anti-inflammatory medicines, pain relievers, and physical therapy but if the injury is severe you may need to have surgery.


MCL injuries are really painful injuries and can hurt a lot. Most of the time sharp pain is felt along the inside edge of your knee. You can hear popping sounds because of the  dislocation of the knee joint some of the most common symptoms of an MCL injury are

  • Instability of the whole leg and inability to position the leg properly
  • Pain on the inner portion of the knee
  • Bruising and discoloration
  • Redness, warmth, swelling, or parlor near the area of in difficulty to keep your knee or leg straight
    restore your function

After an MCL injury finds it hard to walk or you are unable to put any weight on your affected leg even if you are not feeling any pain you will be unable to walk because your leg will be deformed some people with grade 1 MCL injury can walk but still they feel loosening of knee joint.

How physical therapy can help

Grade 1 and grade 2 MCL injuries can be treated with the help of a brace and physical therapy after issuing you a brace your doctor will prescribe your physical therapy. In the rehabilitation process, your physical therapist will focus on regaining the range of motion reducing swelling and pain by using techniques such as electrical stimulation or pneumatic compression. It will also focus on improving your overall balance and help to maintain the proper posture of a body and get back to your normal life routine as soon as possible.
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