We put so much stress on our knees through daily activities. This can be all the more true if you work a physical job, are an athlete or are just very active. A common place for knee injuries to develop is the medial collateral ligament, or MCL, which is located on the inside of the knee. If there is excessive strain or force applied to the knee that causes the knee to move inward, it can sprain this flexible yet delicate ligament.
While an MCL sprain and knee pain can be frustrating, causing you to miss time from work or your favorite sports or activities, avoiding treatment can cause it to worsen. This could eventually lead to the need for surgery if it develops into a tear. Because of this, identifying the early symptoms of an MCL sprain and seeking immediate diagnosis and treatment can help you get back into action.
To help you get the treatment you need, we’re happy to share this informative overview of MCL symptoms. We encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or want to learn more about the available options for relief.
MCL sprain symptoms
In many cases of an MCL sprain, there will be immediate popping and pain upon an impact. This can later be accompanied by the following specific symptoms:
- Pain, swelling and tenderness on the inside of the knee
- An inability to put weight on the knee or it giving out
- Sensations of locking or catching in the knee joint
A qualified medical professional can diagnose these symptoms with the help of a physical examination and diagnostic imagery such as an X-ray or an MRI. In many cases, physical therapy can be a highly effective treatment for an MCL sprain and other knee injuries.
Physical therapy for MCL sprain relief
With a combination of strengthening and stability exercises, movement training, manual therapy, education and other methods, a physical therapist can work with you to promote the healing process and relieve symptoms of an MCL strain. At Continuum Wellness, our therapists bring years of experience and a passion for delivering exceptional one-on-one care to every session with every patient.
To learn more about how we can help you find relief, contact us today. We’ll be happy to help you schedule an initial appointment.