The good news about an injury to the MCL is that it has a good capacity to heal and rarely needs surgical treatment. The vast majority of tears settle down well with appropriate time and physiotherapy. The time frame out of sports can vary from a few weeks to a few months depending on the grade and severity of injury. If the injury is associated with an ACL tear then it can alter the treatment plan and the MCL is often left to settle down first before the ACL surgery takes place.
In certain circumstances, surgical reconstruction of the MCL may be warranted and depends on the tear location, degree of residual instability and if any other ligaments are torn in conjunction. Mr Jackson will discuss this option in detail with you if it is the appropriate treatment, especially in the multi-ligament injury scenario.