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02-15-2009, 11:59 PM
Join Date: Oct 2008
I am not an orthopod, just a plain old internal med doc, so take this all with a grain of salt. I've also sprained my MCL multiple times.
The grade II sprain indicates a partial tear. MCL sprains rarely require surgical treatment unless there is damage to other ligaments or cartilage. X-rays will not show ligamental damage; they are only used to rule out any fractures. MCL sprains are usually treated with immobilizer/brace and physical therapy. I would definitely see an orthopedist to get referred to physical therapy. Until then, keep using the immobilizer. Keep your leg elevated as much as possible. Ice for 30 minutes several times per day. From personal experience, I wouldn't try to ditch the immobilizer too quickly.
The shortest time to getting back to the ice I've personally had was about 5 weeks with the assistance of a brace. I wasn't pain free though for at least another 6 weeks. Most of the other times, it's been more like 6-8 before I even tried getting back on the ice.
Good luck with the recovery and rehab.
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