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Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Tears

The Medial Collateral Ligament is instrumental in controlling the sideways motion of your knee, so that it doesn’t move in an abnormal way. Typically caused by a direct hit or strike to the outside of the knee, such as in high contact sports like football and hockey, MCL tears are also graded in terms of the severity of the injury, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree tears. Although surgery may be avoided with minor strains to the MCL, a complete rupture of the MCL will require surgery in order for Dr. Nadel to repair the damaged ligament and remove any damaged tissue.