How is a torn MCL treated?
Thankfully, the vast majority of MCL injuries can be treated non-operatively. Grade 1 and 2 MCL injuries are universally treated non-surgically with reliable healing. These are sprains, or partial tears and are best treated with rest, bracing, ice and anti-inflammatory medication.
Even the vast majority of Grade 3 MCL injuries can be treated non-surgically. The MCL has a robust ability to heal itself – even in the setting of a concomitant ACL injury. Some MCL injuries, though, can be troublesome and have a lower propensity to heal. These are typically tibial sided injuries, some very high-grade mid-substance injuries, and chronic injuries with persistent instability.
Depending on the context, these injuries can be treated with repair and/or reconstruction. Since operative management of these injuries is rare, it is important for patients in the greater Denver and mountain region to seek out a surgeon like Dr. Vidal and his colleges at the Steadman Clinic who specialize in MCL and other knee injuries for the best possible outcome. This does not only include experience with the technical aspects of the repair/reconstruction itself but the decision making on which injuries require intervention at all.