Dr. Harner explains which patients need surgery to treat their medial collateral ligament tear.
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Virtually all MCL’s probably 90% of them heal on their own with bracing and physical therapy. There is a small group 5% to 10% of these injuries that result in instability. And what happens there is that the ligament doesn’t heal correctly and they’re still—we call laxity. The lay term is looseness in the ligament. And they will fell their knee give in and that's the symptom they’ll feel. And those are the few that we have to do something surgical with.

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