Your provider will work with you on the right treatment plan for your case. At first, you can try pain relievers and the RICE method at home:
- Rest your knee by not walking on it.
- Ice your knee to help pain and swelling.
- Compress your knee by wrapping it with a bandage or wearing a sleeve.
- Elevate your knee.
Your plan may also include other nonsurgical options:
- Physical therapy including muscle-strengthening and motion exercises
- Protective knee brace
- Activity limitations for a brief period of time
We can successfully treat many PCL and MCL injuries without surgery. However, if these treatments don’t work, or your injury is a high grade or you have multiple ligament injuries, we may recommend surgery to fix the issue.
The surgery to correct a torn knee ligament may involve replacing the damaged ligament with a piece of healthy tendon, called a tendon graft, often taken from another part of the knee. The tendon graft may come from the patient, called an autograft, or from a donor, called an allograft. We perform most ligament repairs arthroscopically, but some cases may require open surgery.