We create new possibilities for life We create new possibilities for life

WhatsApp Appointment

Orchard +65 8111 7777

Novena +65 8111 5777

  • Mount Elizabeth

Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury

  • What is Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Injury?

    The medial collateral ligament (MCL) goes from the inside of the upper shin bone (tibia) to the inside of the bottom of the thigh bone (femur) and keeps the shin bone stable. An MCL injury can be grouped into a partial tear or complete tear of this ligament:

    There are 3 grades of MCL injury:

    • Grade 1 injury – partial tear of the ligament with mild symptoms (usually no swelling)
    • Grade 2 injury – partial tear with moderate symptoms (tenderness at affected area and instability of knee)
    • Grade 3 injury – complete tear with severe symptoms (varying pain, instability of knee and other ligaments in the knee may also be torn)
  • The MCL is usually injured by pressure or stress to the outside of the knee. This force causes the outside of the knee to twisted and the inside to widen. When the ligament stretches too far, it is prone to tearing and injury. This injury can be caused by the action of ‘clipping’ in a football game, which is when a player throws weight behind the back of the leg of another player.

  • Symptoms of an MCL injury are:

    • Instability – the knee gives way or feels like it is going to give way
    • Swelling at the knee
    • Locking or catching (stuck in a bent position) of the knee with movement
    • Pain and tenderness along the inside of the joint
  • Treatment includes:

    • Applying ice to the area to reduce pain and swelling
    • Resting and limiting physical activity until the pain and swelling lessens
    • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling
    • Raising the knee above heart level to reduce swelling
  • Our Specialists

    There are 89 SpecialistsView All

    • Alan Cheung

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

      View Profile

      Clinic:
      International Orthopaedic Clinic
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #05-24
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6253 7111
    • Anandakumar S/O Vellasamy

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

      View Profile

      Clinic:
      Centre For Foot And Ankle Surgery
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-34/35
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6684 5828
    • Andrew Quoc Dutton

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

      View Profile

      Clinic:
      Elite Orthopaedics Pte Ltd
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #12-10
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6836 8000
    • Ang Chia Liang

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery
      Sub-specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine

      View Profile

      Clinic:
      Centurion Orthopaedic Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-35
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6970 5835
    • Ang Kian Chuan

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

      View Profile

      Clinic:
      Orthosports Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-41
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6734 8168
    • Antony Gardner

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

      View Profile

      Clinic:
      Orthopaedic Associates
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #11-49/50/51
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6334 0622
      Clinic:
      Orthopaedic Associates
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #16-03
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      62358755
    • Bell David Paul

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

      View Profile

      Clinic:
      Orthosports Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #10-41
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6734 8168
    • Bose Kamal

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

      View Profile

      Clinic:
      Bose Bone, Joint & Spine Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #14-12
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67387155
    • Chan Beng Kuen

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

      View Profile

      Clinic:
      Orthopaedics International
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #06-03
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67376386
    • Chan Ying Ho Henry

      Specialty:
      Orthopaedic Surgery

      View Profile

      Clinic:
      Hc Orthopaedic Surgery
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #15-14
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6732 8848

    There are 89 SpecialistsView All

  • Related Health Articles

  • Multimedia