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How can I tell if I injured my medial collateral ligament (MCL)?

A sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL) is characterized by pain on the inside of the knee, decreased ability to straighten and bend the knee, possible decrease in knee strength, and possible feeling of the knee being loose. It is common to also have symptoms of a meniscus tear or anterior cruciate (ACL) sprain with this injury.

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