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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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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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How severe is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

How severe is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

Significant: Acl tear is a significant injury to the knee. It can significantly affect the function of the knee. Especially pivoting activities. Acl injury can occur in motor vehicle accidents, falls, and most commonly in sports. The acl can tear in an injury involving knee contact with someone or something or without any knee contact. Acl is generally fixed to restore the best possible function to your knee. ...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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What is done for an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

What is done for an anterior cruciate ligament injury?

Torn or sprained?: It depends on if it was fully torn or sprained. If fully torn, may need arthroscopic acl reconstruction (surgery via 'scope'). If sprained, can rehab with physical therapy and use a knee brace. ...Read more

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How painful is it getting an anterior cruciate ligament tear surgery?

How painful is it getting an anterior cruciate ligament tear surgery?

Not too bad : Acl surgery is for the most part done arthroscopically using minimally invasive techniques. There can be pain because bone tunnels need to created. Pain is usually controlled by using a femoral nerve block and narcotic pain meds. Most patients report manageable pain levels. ...Read more

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Just how bad is a knee anterior cruciate ligament injury at the age of 26?

Just how bad is a knee anterior cruciate ligament injury at the age of 26?

Significant: A tear of your anterior cruciate ligament (acl) is a significant injury to your knee. Reconstructive surgery is often necessary to restore the stability of your knee, if conservative treatment with physical therapy and/or bracing has not been effective. See an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in knee reconstruction to discuss your individual situation. ...Read more

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How can the tibialis posterior be damaged in a subtalar lateral subluxation?

How can the tibialis posterior be damaged in a subtalar lateral subluxation?

Post tibialis: In order for the post tibialis to be injured there was an over pronation or eccentric loading of the tendon if an acute injury. Can also occur through attrition if chronically stress in the same fashion. ...Read more

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How to treat a tear in posterior tibial tendon?

How to treat a tear in posterior tibial tendon?

Either in a cast or: With surgical repair, depending on how it occurred, general status, condition of the foot/ankle, other medical conditions, etc.. See a podiatrist/foot ; ankle doc to be evaluated/ treated. Good luck. ...Read more

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How is a sternoclavicular joint dislocation typically diagnosed?

How is a sternoclavicular joint dislocation typically diagnosed?

X-ray: It can sometimes be diagnosed with plain x-ray, but often a better study is ct scan which offers a 3-dimensional view of a 3-dimensional problem. Treatment is based on the severity of the dislocation, the direction of the dislocation, and whether it is acute or chronic. Suspected acute dislocations require early managment. ...Read more

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How should I treat a grade 2 intrameniscal tear within the posterior horn of the medial meniscus?

How should I treat a grade 2 intrameniscal tear within the posterior horn of the medial meniscus?

Quad strengthening: Most grade 2 intrameniscal tears do not cause significant pain. There is more of a likelyhood that you have hamstring and pes tendinitis (which sits in the same region as the meniscus). It is likely you are limping and favoring the knee (hyperextending), causing more pain in the hamstrings. With quad exercises, most of those symptoms will resolve. No need for knee arthroscopy. ...Read more

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How do you differentiate between a lateral calateral ligament sprain or a maniscus tear?

How do you differentiate between a lateral calateral ligament sprain or a maniscus tear?

See below: The physical exam findings are beyond our allowed 400 characters but suffice it to say that there are specific findings that differentiate the two. Any physical diagnosis text will describe the differences. Mri is becoming more and more routine as well. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

What is the treatment for anterior cruciate ligament (acl) injury?

Most choose surgery: Sugical reconstruction is the most common treatment, although some will elect to only treat with physical thearpy. When pursuing surgery there are many graft options, but despite which one the surgeon may use the procedure includes putting tunnels in the bones of the knee and threading the graft through to replace the original ligament. Trying to reconnect the ends of the original lig doesn't work. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is an anterior cruciate ligament (a.C.L.) injury?

What sort of problem is an anterior cruciate ligament (a.C.L.) injury?

Ligament sprain/tear: The acl is a ligament inside the knee that helps to keep the knee stable - keeps it from moving too far forward or backward. It works with the posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) to accomplish this. The acl is often injured when running or other fast movements when the lower leg is planted on the ground and the knee is bent and twisted. It can be a strain or sprain or a complete tear. ...Read more

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How is a lower calf/achilles tendon injury treated?

How is a lower calf/achilles tendon injury treated?

See below: Usually the tendon is immobolized and after inflamation subsides, physical therapy is used for rehabilitation. ...Read more

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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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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