Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tears: What to do

Posterior Cruciate Ligament TearsThere are several important ligaments that keep the knee functional and pain-free. The PCL, or posterior cruciate ligament, is responsible for maintaining the connection between the thigh and the shin bones. Like the other structures in your knee, this ligament can be injured.

The concern with a torn PCL is that the symptoms may be so subtle that the potential severity of the injury may not be recognized right away, and treatment is necessary in order to avoid osteoarthritis in the area. If symptoms such as swelling, pain, limited mobility, and instability occur, your doctor should investigate the possibility that you have torn the posterior cruciate ligament so an appropriate treatment plan can be developed.

Treating the Torn PCL

Depending on the severity of the tear, posterior crucial ligament treatment may be non-surgical, or it may require surgical intervention.

  • Non-surgical treatment for the torn PCL may include rest and stabilization. Rest may be obtain by walking on crutches for a short time in order to reduce the pressure of weight on the ligament. A knee brace can stabilize the ligament by minimizing movement. These courses of action are often a complement to physiotherapy, which is performed to strengthen the muscular structure of the knee.
  • Surgical PCL treatment may be necessary when the posterior crucial ligament is not the only one involved in the injury, or if the tear is quite severe. Surgery is performed with the goal of rebuilding the ligament by inserting tissue grafts. Physiotherapy is also integral to healing after surgery, as it “works out” the muscles of the knee to promote structural stability.

In general, recovery from a PCL tear may progress over 6 to 12 months. We provide our patients with the support they need to get back to full mobility and comfort.

Help for Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tears

Action Sports Medicine and Pain Management has three offices in which friendly, professional care is available. Our physician team has been trained in the full spectrum of pain management, sports injury, and orthopedic care. For a full assessment of your symptoms, visit us in Richmond Hill, Rockville Center, or Mineola. The sooner that your condition is diagnosed and treated, the better.


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