Symptoms: If your MCL is sprained, you may hear a popping or tearing noise when it happens. Usually you will feel pain immediately in the affected area of your knee, but sometimes it may be 30 minutes or more before the MCL becomes tender. You may also find it hard to walk
Overview: A medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain is a rather common injury, especially among those who play contact sports. Where a LCL sprain occurs when the inside of the knee is hit, a MCL sprain may occur when the outside of the knee is hit while the foot is still on the ground.
Most MCL sprains occur when an external force is exerted against the outside of the knee while the foot is planted on the ground. When this external force moves inward, it causes damage to the inner side of the knee where the MCL is located.
While common among football players, a MCL can be caused by any action that twists your knee. Just landing awkwardly from a hop, skip or jump can cause an MCL. MCL sprains often occur in conjunction with structural knee injuries, usually by a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which is located behind the kneecap.
If you suffer from a MCL sprain, you should see Dr. Suzan Starler, D.C. immediately, as there could well be more serious injury involved. Then, she can prescribe an effective treatment and care regimen.