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How can I tell if I need to have a PCL repair?

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Dr. James Chen
Sports Medicine

In brief: Depends on symptoms

The best way to determine if you need PCL surgery is by your symptoms and what your knee feels like on physical exam. Mri or xray findings can show the injury but really how unstable the knee is during activities is really the most important thing.

In brief: Depends on symptoms

The best way to determine if you need PCL surgery is by your symptoms and what your knee feels like on physical exam. Mri or xray findings can show the injury but really how unstable the knee is during activities is really the most important thing.
Dr. James Chen
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Dr. Greg Hicken
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction

In brief: MRI and exam

You should see a knee specialist after your primary care dr orders an mri.
He can check for posterior laxity associated with PCL tears. The posterolateral corner of the knee may be injured as well.

In brief: MRI and exam

You should see a knee specialist after your primary care dr orders an mri.
He can check for posterior laxity associated with PCL tears. The posterolateral corner of the knee may be injured as well.
Dr. Greg Hicken
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Yes

Most PCL tears do not need to be repaired.
If you are having instability issues, especially buckling when going up and down stairs or inclines, you should first try a rehab program aimed at quadriceps strengthening. If the knee continues to feel unstable, then surgery is something to be considered.

In brief: Yes

Most PCL tears do not need to be repaired.
If you are having instability issues, especially buckling when going up and down stairs or inclines, you should first try a rehab program aimed at quadriceps strengthening. If the knee continues to feel unstable, then surgery is something to be considered.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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