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A 40-year-old member asked:

What could cause posterior cruciate ligament (pcl) injury ?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Luks
Dr. Howard Luksanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
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.
Dr. James Chen
Orthopaedic Surgery 16 years experience
Accidents and falls: Pcl injuries are typically caused by knee dislocations, car accidents when the knee hits a dashboard, and falls directly onto the bent knee. Anything that would case the leg (tibia) to move backwards from a directly blow could cause a PCL injury.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Usually not: Pcl injuries, if complete, have zero healing potential. In partial injuries (sprains) depending on your age and other factors healing is possible.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How is a posterior cruciate ligament injury typically diagnosed?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Howard Luks
Dr. Howard Luksanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
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.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How is a posterior cruciate ligament injury typically treated?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 35 years experience
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.
Last updated Jan 7, 2019
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