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In Your Corner with CORA continues our series on common upper and lower extremity injuries for football players and athletes of all varieties and sport. Our expert panels have discussed the topics of Shoulder Injuries, Pectoralis Major Tears, Distal Biceps Tendon Tears, AC Joint Injuries, Concussion Management & Protocols (Part 1 and Part 2), Distal Radius Fractures and Forearm Fractures.
On our next episode, Dr. Erol Yoldas, Orthopedic Surgeon at Orthopedic Specialty Institute (OSI) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Joe Bernreuter, DPT, In-House Physical Therapist at OSI sit down with host Dr. Richard Lehman to talk about medial collateral ligament (MCL) tears, sprains and other injuries.
- Dr. Richard Lehman, Director of U.S. Center for Sports Medicine + CEO LehmanHealth
- Dr. Erol Yoldas, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, OSI, (FL)
- Joe Bernreuter, DPT, In-House PT at OSI (FL)
What Role Does Your MCL Have in Overall Stability of the Knee?
The medial collateral ligament (MCL) connects the bones in the thigh and lower leg along the inside of the knee. Your MCL and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) are two important ligaments that together, along with others, help to keep the knee in place.
How Do MCL Injuries Typically Occur?
According to Healthline, “Ligament injuries can either stretch the ligament or tear it. MCL injury of the knee is usually the result of a hit or blow to the outer aspect of the knee, which stretches or tears the MCL.” This type of injury is common in contact sports or “cleat sports” such as football or soccer.
MCL Injuries with In Your Corner with CORA takes an in-depth look into the epidemiology of MCL injuries, including the origin, insertion and the function of the superficial and deep components of the MCL. Get answers to your frequently asked questions such as:
- What sports are commonly involved when it comes to MCL injuries?
- Describe the mechanism of contact vs. non-contact injury. Which is more common?
- What is your typical sports MCL injury require? Is the recovery process or timeline different for the athlete vs. injured worker vs. other?
- Are there injuries you see that are often associated with MCL tears? What do doctors and patients need to be careful of when examining or, in the case of surgery, repairing an MCL injury?
- Please describe the physical examination. What is the Hughston Modified Classification of MCL injuries?
- Please discuss treatment, specifically the difference in healing of proximal vs distal lesions and what the patient needs to know.
- What is the role of physical therapy in the rehabilitation and recovery process? When should the patient start PT for conservative treatment? How long will the patient be in PT?
- What are the parameters to return to sport with each grade of tear?
- Please discuss the surgical treatment including indications and techniques in addition to the potential complications of surgical approach.
- Post surgically, when can a patient resume their sport or strenuous activities? Characterize the rehabilitation and return-to-sport (RTS) between conservative care vs surgical.
- What are a patients options for surgical care of a chronic MCL deficient knee?
- What are prophylactic knee braces and how can they help patients as it pertains to the MCL?
In Your Corner with CORA on MCL Tears, Sprains and Injuries gives you access direct into the minds of world renown orthopedic surgeons and medical experts. We’ll tell you exactly how long an athlete can expect before they are able to return to play, discuss imaging as well as stress views and possible growth plate injuries associated, recommendations for brace wear for conservative treatment and so much more!
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