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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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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 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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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 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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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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How serious is a posterior cruciate ligament tear?

How serious is a posterior cruciate ligament tear?

PCL tear: An isolated PCL tear depending on degree can allow a person to function fairly well. A high grade or complete PCL may hasten patello-femoral arthritis. Often time a PCL tear is associated with posterolateral (pl) or posteromedial (pm) instability which warrants PCL reconstruction with pl or pm reconstruction. ...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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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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Dr. Ira Katz
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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