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

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Dr. James Eitner
Family Medicine 34 years experience
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.
Dr. James Chen
Sports Medicine 15 years experience
Pain instability: Acute injuries will cause swelling of the knee and possible bruising behind the knee. Once it has settled down the main symptoms are instability of the knee or feeling like it will give out.

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Have I got an Achilles tendonitis injury?

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Dr. Ryan Stanton
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Maybe: It depends. Achilles tendon injuries/inflammation are characterized by pain in the back of the ankle/lower leg. Tendonitis is pretty common. Complete tears are usually from trauma and are associated with inability to point down the foot. It also will feel soft where you usually feel the tendon and the muscles may be balled up in the upper part of the calf.
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Are vascular conditions a common complication of injury?

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Must be ruled out: Vascular conditions must be ruled out as part of the injury evaluation and treatment. Vascular conditions after an injury are not uncommon; they often are missed because they're not suspected and don't have symptoms right away. A missed vascular condition after injury can be devastating. If you are injured, ask your doctor to evaluate you for a possible vascular condition.
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Do I use ice on an injury or sprain in a sickle cell patient?

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Sprains: Ice will decrease swelling and for short periods of time should not do harm.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Are torn ligaments able to heal on their own?

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Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
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Some do: Some ligaments such as the medial collateral ligament (mcl) of the knee and ankle ligaments can heal on their own. Other ligaments such as the anterior cruciate ligament (acl) of the knee does not have the capacity to heal. Surgical reconstruction is needed in carefully indicated patients.
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How can I treat an injury from head banging?

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HEAD BANGING: Sometimes due to frequent headbanging, you develop concussion or contusion of the brain depending on the severity of the trauma. Please see a neurologist for the symptoms present.

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