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How is a medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear treated?

John E. Zvijac, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Treatment of a medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear depends on the severity of the injury. The doctor may prescribe crutches and a brace to prevent you from putting weight on your knee. Surgery is often not needed when only the MCL has been torn. If you do need surgery, it most likely would be arthroscopic.

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