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Signs & Symptoms Orthopedics

MCL Tear
Signs and Symptoms

An MCL tear produces symptoms along the inner side of the knee (toward the midline of the body). Initially, you may experience:

  • A pop on the inside of the leg
  • Tenderness or pain that ranges from mild to severe
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Unsteadiness, locking or catching in the joint

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.