Knee Sprain (MCL & LCL)

Knee Sprain (MCL & LCL)


Knee Sprain (MCL, LCL) (noun): A sprain is the stretch or partial tear of ligaments which connect two bones. A knee sprain happens when the ligaments that support the knee get overly stretched, or torn, due to external or internal factors.


There are the three grades of knee sprains are based on ligament damage:
MILD – Mild pain & disability. Slight point tenderness, minimal laxity and swelling.
MODERATE – Hearing and/or feeling a pop or snap. Moderate pain & disability, swelling, point tenderness, joint laxity & discoloration.
SEVERE - Hearing and/or feeling a pop or snap followed by severe pain usually indicative of a complete tear. Excessive swelling, joint laxity and discoloration, unable to bear weight.