MCL Injury – Local Woman Article


From: Gillian
Subject: Medial Collateral Ligament injury

Hi JT Physio,
I’m hoping that you will be able to help me.  I badly twisted my knee back in May and was advised that I had sprained my MCL or Medial Collateral Ligament. I went to a couple of physiotherapy sessions after and they gave me different exercises to continue at home. Even though my knee is now better, when I go to the gym or even if I lean a certain way, sharp pain shoots up the inside of my knee. Are there any exercises I can do to help improve or strengthen it?



Hi Gillian,

The medial collateral ligament (MCL) is one of four ligaments which provide stability to the knee. It can be found along the inner portion of the knee itself.

Even though your knee may feel stable now, research shows that microscopic tissue remodelling can  go on for one year after the initial injury. This may explain why you still experience sharp pain on the inside of the knee.

According to research, early mobilization and progressive strengthening has led to excellent results for ligament healing and return to sport. The evidence also supports a conservative approach to
management, even in the most severe cases of MCL injury. Strong muscles will offer support to the knee which is why having a progressive strength-based approach to rehabilitation is so important.

The programme below can be completed 2-3 times weekly for a minimum of 12 weeks.

Consistency is key across any exercise intervention therefore try and stick to your programme as best as you can. However, for a tailored programme I would recommend seeing one of JT Physiotherapy’s Chartered Physiotherapists who can guide your rehabilitation and modify/progress
your programme as appropriate.

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Aiveen Lavery MISCP





Aiveen Lavery, MISCP MCSP










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