Sports injury and the knee. The MCL. Chiropractic topics

One of the more common injuries of the knee in sports is an injury to the medial collateral ligament or MCL. A ligament is a fibrous structure that prevents extreme motion in the joints. In the case of the knee the MCL limits inward bowing of the knee. The knee joint is unique in that there are strong ligaments within the knee that limits its motion (the ACL and PCL). The knee also has menisci which are pads that limit the motion of the knee. The medial meniscus is partially attached to the MCL which means that the meniscus may be damaged if there is an injury or sprain to the MCL.
A sprain is an injury to a ligament. Severe sprains may even cause part of the bone to pull off. Repeated sprains can have the effect of lengthening on the ligament making it less able to control the motion of the joints. The function of the ligament is dependent on its strength as well as length. Repeated sprains to ligaments may effect both the strength and length of the ligament making them less effective in controlling joint motion.
Dr. Tom Etter is a Chiropractor with over ten years of practice experience managing back pain, neck pain and sports injury. Dr. Etter’s Chiropractic practice serves Olathe, Kansas, Lenexa, Kansas, Overland Park, Kansas and the surrounding area.

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