About the program:
This program is aimed at cases where conservative therapy was the preferable recovery option after a complete MCL tear.
You may begin this program after consulting your physician or a member of our team. It is advisable to start a few days after the injury, when the swelling goes down.
The goal of the program is to prevent muscular atrophy, to restore mobility in the knee, and to eliminate bad compensatory habits.
For a full and timely recovery, it is necessary to perform the exercises daily.
What the program contains:
- The program contains video playlists.
- A new playlist is loaded every day.
- The videos combine a detailed description of the exercise with a visual demonstration of how to correctly perform it.
- The exercises gradually progress in difficulty.
35 days of rehabilitation
62 different exercises
398 videos total
All rehabilitation exercises are only to be performed until you feel a stretch up to a mild discomfort. Under no circumstances should you cause yourself any pain. If you feel any pain, please take a short break and resume exercising at a reduced strain level. Overexertion will slow down the recovery process!
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The medial (i.e. inner) collateral ligament (MCL) connects the medial condyle of the femur with the medial part of the tibial plateau. It provides passive stability to the inner side of the knee joint. Anatomically, the ligament is fused together with the medial surface of the joint capsule as well as the medial meniscus, which makes isolated trauma to this area a rare occurrence. The MCL is richly innervated, so a complete tear would manifest in considerable pain along the medial surface of the thigh and calf. Stepping or walking becomes difficult or even impossible, with a sense of severe instability. The knee becomes swollen. This is the most commonly injured ligament of the knee.
MCL injuries can be very painful. The mechanism of injury often involves what is known as valgus stress. It occurs when the knee is slightly bent, and the lower leg is rotated outward. This position applies outward force to the knee, which can damage the medial collateral ligament. This most often happens during a bad landing from a jump, or from skiing, playing football, basketball, tennis, swimming, any sport that involves turning or pivoting.
MCL injuries can be classified by grades: grade 1 – sprain, grade 2 – partial tear, and grade 3 – complete tear. Different therapeutic approaches can be taken, depending on the severity of the injury.
The exercises in this program are geared towards the most important goals for MCL recovery – reducing the swelling and pain by applying cold, maintaining (and, if necessary, increasing) the range of motion in the knee, and strengthening the anteromedial thigh musculature.