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What does it mean if I have only a partial tear of my pcl?
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Dr. Greg Hicken
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
In brief: It likely will heal
Partial PCL tears usually heal without long term problems.

In brief: It likely will heal
Partial PCL tears usually heal without long term problems.
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Less than 100% torn
The PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) prevents the tibia (shin bone) from sliding backwards under your femur (thigh bone).
A partial tear means that some, but not all, of the fibers of the tendon are torn, so there is a lesser degree of instability than if it is 100% torn. Generally an isolated partial injury like this can be treated nonoperatively with physical therapy.

In brief: Less than 100% torn
The PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) prevents the tibia (shin bone) from sliding backwards under your femur (thigh bone).
A partial tear means that some, but not all, of the fibers of the tendon are torn, so there is a lesser degree of instability than if it is 100% torn. Generally an isolated partial injury like this can be treated nonoperatively with physical therapy.
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