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Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury

  • What is Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury?

    The Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) is the strongest ligament in the knee. It prevents the tibia from moving too much and slipping behind the femur.

  • Injury to the Posterior Cruciate Ligament occurs when direct force is applied to the front of the knee when the knee is bent, such as hitting the dashboard in a car accident or falling hard on a bent knee. The ligament may also be pulled or stretched in a twisting injury, which can happen if you land awkwardly after jumping.

  • Symptoms include:

    • Knee joint instability
    • Knee joint pain
    • Knee swelling and tenderness in the space behind the knee (Popliteal Fossa)
  • Treatment includes:

    • Braces to support the knee
    • Crutches to reduce the weight on the knee
    • Physiotherapy to strengthen the supporting muscles and increase the range of motion
    • Rest, elevation, and ice therapy to the knee

    Depending on your situation, your doctor may recommend surgery for ligament repair.

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