And like I thought, there is nothing the doc can do - they don't typically do surgery on MCL injuries unless it is just gone. What I DID learn is that this ligament can heal itself! 10 years ago I severed my ACL and had replacement surgery. At that time I did a lot of research, and learned that the ligament does not repair itself, and therefore even a partial tear will always be that way. So I assumed that was true of all ligaments. But apparently that was just because of a lack of blood flow. The external knee ligaments (MCL & LCL) CAN repair themselves! So that's very exciting!
What the doc did say is that there is a small possibility that I could play in my hockey finals next weekend. He prescribed physical therapy and said to go all out. I had my evaluation and first PT session this week. Because of the injury and my limping for the last 4 weeks, I can't straighten my knee without a lot of pain, so that's what we're working on for a normal walking gait. It hurt more during my passive stretching (therapist moved knee) than I expected. Like I had to told him to stop because it hurt so much. Then I moved on to laser, ultrasound, exercises, and active (I controlled) stretching. My knee was really sore and tight after that first session, which worried me, but surprisingly, that next day I found out I had better extension! Things are looking up!
At home I will continue with my PT homework, laser provided by my boss (chiropractor), icing, biofreeze, reiki, and elevation.
I have 4 more sessions before our first game of our league finals on Thursday. Im not sure I could play in that game, but I am hoping to play on Saturday. All prayers are welcome for speedy healing!
Peace. Love. Serene.