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Multiple MCL tears to the same knee in six weeks


I tore my MCL to my right knee. The MRI showed a Grade 2 tear. I was told I could play Pickleball in two weeks but waited 6 weeks before I played as it did not feel right. Sure enough I tore the MCL ligament again as I went down to the ground. I taped it and wore a small brace but it did not help.

It has been 3 months since I damaged the MCL twice. My knee still feels unstable and pulls at the MCL if I do something laterally. My ortho recommended a brace which costs $983 and says ease into playing Pickleball but the MCL still feels unstable and I do not want to reinjure the MCL again.

Note: I had a Grade 3 ACL tear to the same knee several years ago without surgery.

Is this normal? Am I just being a baby? Should I stay off of it longer since I hurt it twice within 6b weeks.

Any help is appreciated!
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replied June 25th, 2019
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and I understand your concern.
Your orthopaedic surgeon is on right track.
Follow his instructions. If problem still persists then MRI of knee joint would be needed to sort it out.
I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care

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