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Evaluation and Treatment of Medial Collateral Ligament and Medial-sided Injuries of the Knee

Jacobson, Kurt E. MD; Chi, Frederic S. MD

Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review: June 2006 - Volume 14 - Issue 2 - p 58-66
doi: 10.1097/01.jsa.0000212305.47323.58
Review Articles

Injuries to the medial side of the knee are not always isolated injuries of the superficial medial collateral ligament. Medial-sided injuries can also involve the deep medial collateral ligament, the posteromedial corner, or the medial meniscus. Magnetic resonance imaging is a useful adjunct to the physical examination; however, the extent of medial-sided injuries is frequently underappreciated on these images. An understanding of the anatomy and biomechanics of the medial side of the knee and a thorough physical examination aids the physician in determining the full extent of injury and helping the physician to treat each unique injury pattern.

Hughston Sports Medicine Foundation, Columbus, GA

Reprints: Kurt E. Jacobson, MD, The Hughston Clinic, PC, 6262 Veterans Parkway, PO Box 9517, Columbus, GA 31909 (e-mail:

Received for publication September 8, 2005; accepted January 20, 2006

© 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.