The medial collateral ligament also referred to as (MCL) is located on the inner aspect, or part, of our knee, but it’s outside the joint itself. Ligaments hold bones together and add stability and strength to a joint.
The MCL connects the top of the tibia, or shinbone, to the bottom of the femur, or thighbone.
An injury to the MCL is often called an MCL sprain. Ligament injuries can either stretch the ligament or tear it. MCL injury of the knee is usually caused by a direct blow to the knee. This type of injury is common in contact sports.
It’s usually the result of a hit or blow to the outer aspect of the knee, which stretches or tears the MCL.
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