MCL Injuries Treatment in Raleigh NC
It typically takes around six weeks to recover from an MCL injury. However, healing time will vary depending on the grade of injury. The first priority in achieving effective treatment involves a focus on easing knee pain and inflammation. It is also important to keep the knee stabilized to aid in recovery.
Icing the knee and rest, along with elevation, will help to reduce swelling and pain symptoms. You may also take pain relief medications such as ibuprofen. Keeping the knee immobilized in order to restrict side-to-side movement is typically achieved with a brace. This allows the patient to continue backward and forward movement of the joint.
Dr Kanaan may recommend complete immobilization of the knee joint. This treatment path will restrict your ability to squat or kneel, which will mean making lifestyle adjustments during the recovery period. Rehabilitation can begin once the worst of your pain symptoms have eased off. Treatment is often modified during rehabilitation if pain and swelling reoccur.