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How should a MCL sprain be treated?

An MCL sprain should be evaluated by an athletic trainer and/or an orthopedic physician. Typical treatment may include bracing such has a hinged knee brace. Depending on the severity of the sprain, a physician may recommend using crutches to stay off of it for a few weeks.

(This answer provided for NATA by Sara Y. Pittelkau, MA, ATC, LAT.)

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