Your Options for MCL Tear Treatment on the Lower East Side

Meghan Bishop, MD April 17th, 2019

A medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear diagnosis can indicate an early end to your sports season. It may mean a considerable reduction in the amount of activity you can safely participate in, and it will almost definitely require modifications to your routines.

In short, an MCL tear can significantly impact your lifestyle.

Fortunately, the effects of an MCL tear, MCL sprain, or any kind of MCL injury do not have to be permanent. With effective MCL tear treatment on the Lower East Side, a quick recovery and restoration of your normal, healthy lifestyle will be on your horizon. And there is no more reliable source of MCL care on the Lower East Side area than Rothman Orthopaedic Institute.

Rothman Orthopaedic Institute: Your Source for Elite MCL Tear Treatment on the Lower East Side

Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is a newcomer to New York; but we have already established an unparalleled reputation for the most advanced, effective orthopaedic care (including elite treatment options for MCL tears).

Our NYC reputation builds off of our physicians’ decades of acclaimed service in the Philadelphia and South Jersey regions. Rothman Orthopaedic Institute surgeons perform some of the world’s highest volumes of specialized procedures, including knee and hip replacement operations. The end result of these large volumes is an unmatched level of clinical experience.

Now, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute is pleased to have expanded into New York and is now offering Lower East Side patients the same exceptional service that has earned us the highest degree of patients satisfaction among Pennsylvania and South Jersey patients. Among our specialty service is an entire department of specialists singularly dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic issues affecting the knee—from osteoarthritis to traumatic ligament injuries. For patients with MCL tears, a full range of targeted treatments is available, including MCL tear surgery and non-surgical MCL tear treatment.

Four Treatment Options for MCL Injuries

The type of MCL treatment option that will be most effective in your case will depend largely upon the severity of your injury, along with your lifestyle and patient background. Listed below are four of the MCL tear treatment options offered by the knee specialists at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute.

  1. R.I.C.E
    Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are an important component of any MCL treatment plan. They may help to supplement other treatment methods or, in the case of particularly mild sprains, may independently provide sufficient relief. Crushed ice should be applied to the affected area of the knee for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, interspersed with a minimum of 60 minutes ice-free.

  2. Physical Therapy
    Targeted exercises and stretches can help to restore a damaged medial collateral ligament. Physical therapy serves a dual purpose; it can both help to accelerate healing within a damaged ligament and build strength to prevent future injuries. If the affected ligament is torn or severed, however, intensive physical therapy will likely be insufficient treatment and may cause additional damage in some cases.

  3. Bracing
    When functioning properly, the collateral ligaments serve to prevent unnatural sideways movement within the knee joint. After an MCL injury occurs (especially a full tear), it is necessary to prevent damaging sideways movements. For this reason, bracing is frequently prescribed to protect the knee joint and associated ligaments. Crutches may additionally be needed to reduce the weight and stress on the affected knee.

  4. MCL Tear Surgery
    In the majority of cases, surgery is not needed. However, severe MCL tears may require reconstructive surgery in order to enable healing. Surgical treatments are more likely to be recommended to athletic patients who will be exposing their knees to high-impact activity in the future. It may also be recommended if other ligaments have been damaged by your injury in addition to the MCL.

Contact Us

Whether you are in need of non-operative therapies or reconstructive surgery, the knee specialists at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute can provide you with the best available MCL tear treatment on the Lower East Side. To learn more about treatment options or to schedule an appointment, please visit us here or contact us at 1-800-321-9999.

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