I am a 40 yo weekend warrior who began playing soccer again after a 10 year layoff. I had been playing for 6 months solid without incident and then I had someone slide tackle me as I was striking the ball with the inside of my foot.
I am diagnosed with a second degree MCL injury. I was able to walk after the incident, but my knee was swollen for about 1 week and there was surface tenderness as well. I am now 3 weeks post-trauma and there is still slight swelling, but I am finally able to walk up and down short stairs with little pain.
I am now able to swim at this point, but not able to bend my knee and push off of the wall. I am able to stiffen and straighten my entire leg without any pain at all.
I am looking for opinions as to what I should be doing in the way of therapy at this point or is it too early to get aggressive ? I am anxious to start ROM exercises, but I am worried about whether or not I will do more damage than good. I read somewhere that said I should do very little rehab for the first 6 weeks. Is this right ?