Signs & Symptoms Orthopedics

MCL Tear
Signs and Symptoms

Initial symptoms of an MCL tear include:

  • Pain or tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling

Symptoms occur along the inner side of the knee. (The MCL is located on the side of the knee adjacent to the other knee.) Depending on the severity of the injury, pain can range from mild to severe.

In addition, the knee may feel unsteady, or may lock or "catch."

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.