Dr. Harner recalls the symptoms patients experience with a medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear.
The usual way that it presents is in the acute setting. The athlete or patient tears the MCL from a grade 1, 2, grade 3, and they have immediate pain. They get swelling and stiffness, and that takes awhile to settle down depending on the grade of tear; grade 3s take much longer; grade 1’s quicker.
About Dr. Harner, M.D.:
Dr. Christopher D. Harner, M.D., is a Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania Professor, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Medical Director, and works in the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.