Dr. Harner shares when physical therapy begins after surgery for a medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear.
The MCL surgery is a slower process if we do do that. Again, it’s not that common that we have to do MCL surgery, but you would begin therapy probably about a week after the surgery, and they would be braced, usually use a machine called a CPM machine.
It begins immediate motion with the knee, so you can prevent or decrease the risk for stiffness after surgery. So the answer is it starts right away and is very specific in terms of the exercises that we allow the patients to do. If we let them go too quick, they will re-tear it.
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.