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What is an MCL Injury?

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is on the inner side of the knee, where it keeps the shinbone in place. Pressure on the outside of the knee—from an accident or sports, for example—can cause the MCL to stretch or tear.

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UR Medicine's Treatments for MCL Injury

Our team uses advanced diagnostic methods to determine the full extent of your injury. With this information, we can decide which treatment approach will have the best outcome for you.

  • Conservative treatments: Rest, medication, and physical therapy are often the most effective ways to treat an injury.
  • Injection therapy: Some conditions respond well to medication applied directly at the point of injury. Our doctors use ultrasound to guide them to the exact right spot.
  • Surgical Treatments: Using a tiny camera slipped through a small incision, our surgeons can see inside your injured joint. They watch their progress on a video monitor while they repair torn tendons and ligaments, reshape bones, or remove fragments of bone and cartilage. When a major injury requires it, our surgeons use the most advanced techniques to repair and rebuild bones and joints.

What Sets Us Apart?

UR Medicine's Orthopaedics & Physical Performance is a national leader in treating these kinds of injuries. Our surgeons bring decades of experience and training in all of the most advanced treatments, and studies have shown that doctors who perform thousands of surgeries have the best outcomes. All of our doctors treating MCL injuries are fellowship-trained—the highest level of achievement in their field.


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Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Greece

South Pointe Landing
10 South Pointe Landing, Suite 100
Rochester, NY 14626

Orthopaedics & Physical Performance - Penfield

Platinum Office Complex
2064 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road
Penfield, NY 14526

St. James Center for Orthopaedic Care - Hornell

St. James Hospital
7309 Seneca Road North, Suite 107
Hornell, NY 14843

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