How to Recover from an MCL Sprain



Take medications to control the pain caused by the sprain.,
Talk to your doctor about surgical management.,
Get a brace for your knee.

In addition to managing the pain, you should also try to combat any swelling that occurs by taking either painkillers or NSAIDs:

Painkillers: These medications limit the pain impulses that are transmitted to your brain, so you don’t feel the pain as acutely. You can purchase simple painkillers, like Paracetamol, over-the-counter. If they don’t work to eliminate your pain, you can also get a prescription for stronger painkillers like codeine and tramadol from your doctor.
Oral Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): These medications limit both pain and inflammation by acting on certain chemicals in your body. Common NSAIDs include Ibuprofen, Naproxen and Aspirin.

, Some people do not respond well to taking medications; if you are one of these people, you may want to consider correcting the damage through surgery.

MCL sprains are commonly corrected with arthroscopic surgery; this surgery involves using a tiny camera to get a visual picture of the damaged area to help surgeons repair the sprain.

, A lightweight hinged knee brace can help to gradually increase your range of motion. The brace keeps your knee stabilized to prevent further injury.As you recover, you may be given a different knee brace that can help you to begin using your knee again without putting too much pressure on the knee.

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