It’s a tough time to be a Toronto Maple Leafs fan right now. The team is in the middle of a tight race for a playoff spot. Unfortunately, they’ll have to continue their quest for the Stanley Cup without their star goaltender. CBC Sports reports:
"The Toronto Maple Leafs will have to continue their playoff push without goaltender Jonathan Bernier.
Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said Friday that Bernier is out three weeks with a medial collateral ligament sprain in his left knee.
Bernier left in the third period of Toronto's 4-3 overtime win over Boston Thursday night after falling awkwardly on his left leg.
Bernier was making his fifth straight start since returning from a lower body injury that kept him out of five games."
The MCL, or medial collateral ligament, is one of the key structures of the knee. It— along with the ACL, PCL, and LCL— provides stability to the knee. Without the MCL, the knee is susceptible to bending at angles it was never meant to.
Most MCL injuries happen when the knee is forced to bend at odd angles, as was the case with Jonathan Bernier. Strong blows to the back or sides of the knee can also cause tiny rips to occur in the ligaments of the knees. Common signs of an injured MCL include pain in the knee, swelling, and a sensation that the knee will give way.
That’s why prompt treatment at an Oshawa physiotherapy clinic like Chiropractic Wellness and Rehabilitation is important. A damaged MCL often causes the shin and thigh bones to grind against each other and wear out the meniscus. When the meniscus has been completely worn out, arthritis in the knee will not be far off. That said, you should have a doctor of chiropractic assess the injury as soon as possible.
Contrary to popular belief, not all MCL injuries require reconstructive surgery. It largely depends on how severe the sprain is. In cases where the MCL is not torn completely, people can opt to skip surgery and proceed straight to physiotherapy in Oshawa. Seeing as treatment is dependent on the severity of the sprain, it is important that you seek clinical treatment if you suspect a knee injury.
(Source: Jonathan Bernier out 3 weeks; CBC Sports; April 4, 2014)
Written By Dr. Kris Edwards and Dr. Patricia Riley