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Treating Knee Ligament Injuries
Date:3/2/2009

th other ligament injuries, so orthopaedic surgeons should pay particular attention to the other joint structures in those cases.

Non-surgical treatment of MCL injuries generally consists of:

  • Early rehabilitation with range of motion and strengthening exercises, along with use of a hinged knee brace.
  • Anti-inflammatory medications and low-intensity ultrasound are also being used with some success.
  • Other nonsurgical treatments, such as gene therapy, growth factors, and small intestine submucosa, which is a naturally derived biomaterial isolated from the small intestine of pigs.

All are currently in their early stages of use, but may hold some promise.

Surgical treatment of MCL injuries may include primary repair or reconstruction of the ligament(s), depending on the stability of the knee. Rehabilitation and bracing is required following surgery.

"We need to be very critical of the stability of the knee, which can be a factor in how well the knee heals and whether it is reinjured," Miyamoto says. "Injuries like these are best overseen by an orthopaedic surgeon."

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