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Offline geebus

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MCL Sprain
« on: July 13, 2005, 08:26:21 PM »
Hello Kneegeeks,
           About 6 weeks ago I twisted my knee and felt a funny/twitchy feeling in my right MCL. I'm a lifeguard and I was pulling wet mats in the bathroom and I grabbed one with my foot and jerked on it and this is why.  I went to my doctor just to be safe and he diagnosed it as a Grade I MCL sprain. He said not to worry about continuing your daily activities but just get in a pool and do some pool running since the it will help the muscles around the knee ligament get stronger. I'm a college runner and Cross Country season is coming up soon so this is why I'm a bit worried. My range of motion is great and I can walk around fine. I do plenty of RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) but it's been 6 weeks and it doesn't feel completely healed yet. I do alot of internet research and they said Grade I's usually heal take 3-6 weeks to heal. I'm just worried because I'm not sure whether the next step will be an MRI or whatever have you. I'm wondering if it's a Grade II instead of a Grade I also? However, there is no swelling around the joint line.  I can do my normal activities but I my knee just doesn't feel as "jumpy" or as normal as the left one. I will also add there is this cream I use called Capacasin (which unlike other tropical analgesic creams this one contains peppers that penetrate the skin). This cream works well for me but for some reason it doesn't work as well on my knee. I'm beginning to wonder if that's because this is a ligament injury instead of a muscle injury. I'm just worried cause it's been 6 weeks and the ligament doesn't feel completely healed.I still have been running of course to keep my base but there are times when I need to hold back such as hill running. Another way I can tell is that I can just try to do a karate kick into the air and I feel pain at the MCL of my right knee. If yall have any suggestions as far as the recovery time of this type of injury please let me know.

Thanks,
      Chris

shadehawk

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Re: MCL Sprain
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2005, 09:29:34 PM »
Chris,

Hi, if you go to the Specialist's Office - Collateral Ligaments you should find material on mcl.

Here is an article about mcl strains/tears that might help you some:

http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/kneeinjuries/a/mclinjury.htm

Shade
« Last Edit: July 14, 2005, 10:37:24 AM by Shade »