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How is a posterior cruciate ligament injury typically diagnosed?

How is a posterior cruciate ligament injury typically diagnosed?

Examination: Most good sports medicine professionals will be able to tell you whether or not your PCL is torn based on your history and the physical examination they perform. If there is a question, then an MRI can be ordered to confirm the physicians suspicions. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Ligament Injuries (Definition)

Ligament injuries run the full spectrum from being sprained to being completely torn. Sprains are routinely graded as 1, 2 or 3. Grade 1 & 2 sprains represent ligaments that are intact, but not functioning normally either by causing pain with use (grade 1), or pain and mild looseness or laxity (grade 2). Grade 3 sprains are complete ...Read more


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How is a posterior cruciate ligament injury typically treated?

How is a posterior cruciate ligament injury typically treated?

Depends on laxity: If you have an acute (recent) PCL tear that does not cause much laxity, you will probably be treated with physical therapy that stresses aggressive rehabilitation of the quadriceps muscles, which are in the front of the thigh. Acute PCL tear that causes significant laxity or if you have injured more than one ligament, you may need surgery to repair or reconstruct your pcl. ...Read more

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What are the common causes of anterior and posterior cruciate ligament injuries?

What are the common causes of anterior and posterior cruciate ligament injuries?

Trauma or fall: Injuries to the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments most commonly occur because of a traumatic injury (football tackle, soccer collision, etc) or a traumatic fall (skiing or snowboarding fall). Another cause could be from an auto accident (where the knees strike the lower dashboard area. Certainly there are other mechanisms for these injuries as well. ...Read more

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How can you prevent posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury ?

How can you prevent posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury ?

You can't :-(: Tears of the PCL will occur if a significant amount of energy is placed across the knee and in the right direction. Like if your knee hits the dashboard in car accident. That will push your shin backwards and potentially tear your pcl. Pcl tears can not be prevented. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injuries ?

What are the common symptoms of posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injuries ?

Varies, usually none: Symptoms of a PCL rupture can vary. It may be associated with pain, swelling and a feeling of unsteadiness, but more often than not they may have no noticeable symptoms. Some report a feeling of unsteadyness or insecurity, others pain around the knee cap. Some report pain when running, especially slowing down/stopping, going up/down stairs or ramps, or squatting/kneeling. ...Read more

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What could cause posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury ?

What could cause posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury ?

Force!: The PCL is probably the strongest ligament in the knee. It requires a significant amount of force or energy to cause it to tear. Pcl tears are far less common than anterior cruciate ligament (acl) tears. ...Read more

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How serious is a posterior cruciate ligament tear?

How serious is a posterior cruciate ligament tear?

It serious: While a posterior cruciate ligament injury generally causes less pain, disability and knee instability than does an acl tear, it can still sideline you for several weeks or months. ...Read more

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Please explain what happens with a posterior cruciate ligament tear?

Please explain what happens with a posterior cruciate ligament tear?

Instability: The posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) is the ligament that keeps the tibia (shin bone) in line with the femur (thigh bone), and keeps it from dropping back behind. When it tears, the body tries to heal the tear but in a looser position. Sometimes this is loose enough to cause instability (where the knee sags back and is unable to maintain a normal position. This can cause other tears or disability. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) sprain?

What is the recovery time for a posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) sprain?

PCL sprain: Pcl sprains can, depending on the severity of the sprain, recover in 6-8 weeks. Occasionally surgery is required if the knee remains unstable after the sprain. This can be performed arthroscopically in the hands of a surgeon with experience with the injury. ...Read more

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Could a posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) heal itself over time?

Could a posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) heal itself over time?

Usually not: Pcl injuries, if complete, have zero healing potential. In partial injuries (sprains) depending on your age and other factors healing is possible. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a posterior cruciate ligament sprain?

Usually 3 months: If the ligament is incompletely torn it usually heals in 2-3 months. Complete tears or grade 3 sprains may require reconstruction. Functional instability is the determining reason for surgery. ...Read more

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Is surgery the best option for a torn posterior cruciate ligament?

Is surgery the best option for a torn posterior cruciate ligament?

It depends: This depends on the degree of the tear, associated injuries, and the type of activity that you desire to return to. Generally, partial and low-grade isolated PCL injuries can be rehabbed and braced. High-grade or complete PCL injuries or lower-grade injuries which result in persistent instability may be better treated with surgical reconstruction. Talk to your orthopedist regarding your situation. ...Read more

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Is the thermal shrinkage procedure effective for partial posterior cruciate ligament tears?

No: The surgical experience with thermal shrinkage of capsule or ligament has mostly been abandoned due to poor results. The tissue is initially shortened but significantly wreaked in the process, and fails in time. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: posterior cruciate ligament?

What is the definition or description of: posterior cruciate ligament?

Main knee stabilizer: The posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) is one of the main central ligaments within the knee that originates on the femur and inserts on the back of the tibia. The PCL prevents the tibia from displacing posteriorly. ...Read more

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Can you tear you lateral meniscus by walking the wrong way? Where is the posterior cruciate ligament in your knee? I am having a lot of knee pain

Can you tear you lateral meniscus by walking the wrong way? Where is the posterior cruciate ligament in your knee? I am having a lot of knee pain

PCL: Yes you can tear either meniscus by walking wrong/misstep. The PCL is in the middle of the knee and posterior (towards the back if the knee). It functions to prevent posterior translation of the tibia relative to the femur. ...Read more

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Mri says partial tear of anterior, posterior cruciate ligament, grade3 chondromalacia, subchondral cysts in medial tibial condyle, is operatn right thng?

Mri says partial tear of anterior, posterior cruciate ligament, grade3 chondromalacia, subchondral cysts in medial tibial condyle, is operatn right thng?

See good knee...: This is purely an MRI reading of your knee.'partial' acl and PCL tears in your age group means very little to me unless you had a very significant , recent knee injury w/ a hemarthrosis .( which u don't have).'chondromalacia'( of what..Mfc, lfc, patella?) means you have a component of arthritis in your knee. See a qualified, respected knee surgeon to discuss your options . Best of luck! ...Read more

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Treatment of patellar compression and increase in intraarticular fluid with pseudocyst posterior to posterior cruciate ligament .Mri result of my knee?

Treatment of patellar compression and increase in intraarticular fluid with pseudocyst posterior to posterior cruciate ligament .Mri result of my knee?

Popliteal Cyst: Depending on the symptoms and size of the cyst, it can be removed surgically at the same time knee can be looked inside by arthroscope for any damage to articular cartilage. However i will suggest you try pt & Ibuprofen first. ...Read more

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What to do if I have cruciate ligament injury from years ago?

What to do if I have cruciate ligament injury from years ago?

Unstable?: Isolated cruciate injury in inactive people that is stable from other support structures does not need anything other than exercise. If into sports or if unstable should be stabilized with pt, bracing or surgery before other issues develop including meniscal tears, arthritis , articular damage etc. ...Read more

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Injuries (Definition)

An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


Posterior Cruciate Ligament (Definition)

The posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) is one of the main central ligaments within the knee that originates on the femur and inserts on the back of the tibia. The PCL prevents the ...Read more