Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries

The posterior cruciate ligament is located inside the back of the knee joint. It’s one of the four main ligaments that connect the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). This ligament controls the back-and-forth motion of your knee and keeps the shinbone from moving backwards too far.

Causes

An injury to the posterior cruciate ligament is not as common as other knee ligament injuries and requires a powerful force. Often times an injury like this occurs alongside injuries to other structures in the knee such as cartilage, other ligaments and bone. A common cause of injury is a bent knee hitting dashboard in a car accident or a football player falling on a knee that is bent.

OKC Orthopedics | Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
OKC Orthopedics | Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries
OKC Orthopedics | Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries

Symptoms

Symptoms of a torn posterior cruciate ligament include:

  • Difficulty walking
  • Pain with swelling that occurs steadily and quickly after the injury
  • Swelling that makes the knee stiff and may cause a limp
  • An unstable feeling in the knee

Treatments

OKC Orthopedics, Sports & Pain Medicine is committed to helping patients with posterior cruciate ligament (lcl) injuries return to the highest level of activity possible. Our team of orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists and athletic trainers work together to tailor a treatment plan to each patient’s needs and goals.

If only your posterior cruciate ligament in injured, you may heal without the need for surgery. However, if you have combined injuries, arthroscopic surgery may be necessary. Our orthopedic surgeons are experts in knee arthroscopy, a minimally invasive procedure in which small instruments and a thin, flexible medical device with a camera pass through an incision the size of a small Band-Aid. After surgery, our physical therapists guide each patient through a personalized rehabilitation program to restore strength and mobility.

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