A to Z: Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injuriesenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn more about MCL injuries and how they're treated.mcl, lcl, tears, ligaments, knees, joints, knee pain, knee swelling, rehab, pt, physical therapy, a to z, glossary, dictionary, definitions, knee injuries, medial, collateral, ligament injuries, sports injuries, hurt knee, knee injuries in kids, knee injuries in teens, knee injuries in children, hurt knee, torn muscles, torn knee10/26/201203/21/201909/02/20196089bc5c-6d6c-4f28-a169-1c8042e37bf1https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-mcl.html/<p><em>May also be called: MCL Injury; MCL Tear</em></p> <p>An <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mcl-injuries.html/">MCL injury</a> is a tear in one of the ligaments in the knee.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The MCL is one of the four main ligaments in the knee <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/bones-muscles-joints.html/">joint</a>. It is located on the inner side of the knee &mdash; the side that is closest to the other knee. The MCL works together&nbsp;with the lateral collateral ligament (LCL), which is in the same location on the outside of the knee. These two ligaments help prevent the knee joint from overextending from side to side.</p> <p>MCL injuries are common, especially among kids and teens who play contact <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sports-safety.html/">sports</a> like football. The injury happens when the outside of the knee is struck, causing it to unnaturally bend inward toward the other knee. MCL tears usually cause swelling and pain within the first 24 hours of injury.&nbsp;If you suspect an MCL injury, stop all activity, keep the area iced and elevated, avoid putting weight on the knee,&nbsp;and call your doctor.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Although most MCL injuries heal on their own with anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks of rest, most still require rehabilitation ("rehab") therapy to help regain strength in the joint.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) TearsACL injuries can happen in active and athletic kids when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, resulting in a torn ligament.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acl-injuries.html/96e28772-3895-4983-8b79-95f1e89b4bac
Dealing With Sports InjuriesYou practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries - and how to avoid getting them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sports-injuries.html/e49f63c7-6ae0-446e-a953-4b458a82eaeb
Knee InjuriesHealthy knees are needed for many activities and sports and getting hurt can mean some time sitting on the sidelines.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/knee-injuries.html/0e348562-5958-4a91-96ad-c8affb5fff4f
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) InjuriesMCL injuries happen when excessive pressure is put on the knee joint, causing a torn ligament.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/mcl-injuries.html/644d3430-58bf-4fa4-a27d-a379712896fe
Meniscus TearsThe key to healing meniscus tears is not to get back into play too quickly. Find out what meniscus tears are and how to treat them.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/meniscus-tear.html/223bcb86-70a0-4814-b899-c5ef2493600b
Physical TherapyPhysical therapy helps people get back to full strength and movement - and manage pain - in key parts of the body after an illness or injury.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/pt.html/d292496f-1bf8-4949-9563-f0436e185c33
Safety Tips: FootballFootball is a lot of fun, but since the name of the game is to hit somebody, injuries are common. To keep things as safe as possible, follow these tips.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/safety-football.html/3ddb9b2e-1926-4cbe-b99e-357b12b9fbb4
Sports CenterThis site has tips on things like preparing for a new season, handling sports pressure, staying motivated, and dealing with injuries.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/sports-center.html/c6fa6931-7439-4e86-9613-99545f761388
Sports Medicine CenterGet tips on everything from finding the best sport for your kids to preventing and handling injuries.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/sports-center.html/9c890cb1-5179-4d0e-9f3e-c00b34e8469a
Sports and Exercise SafetyPlaying hard doesn't have to mean getting hurt. The best way to ensure a long and injury-free athletic career is to play it safe from the start. Find out how.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/sport-safety.html/cbffad82-3814-4cbc-8758-dd3aac78c363
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