PCL Injury – Frisco, TX
The surgeons at OrthoTexas, Frisco provide treatment for knee ligament injuries and other sports injuries. They use = both surgical and non-surgical approaches to treat knee injuries and conditions including PCL injury.

PCL Injury

The Posterior Cruciate Ligament, primary stabilizer of the knee, is located at the back of the knee. The main purpose of PCL is to connect the femur to the tibia and limit the tibia from moving backwards. It is stronger than the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), which makes it less susceptible to injuries. However, any forceful impact or trauma to the ligament may lead to serious injury.

PCL injury is often accompanied by damaging surrounding cartilages, ligaments, and bones. The Posterior Cruciate Ligament ranges from grade 1 sprains to grade 3 sprains depending upon the severity. The partial PCL tear can heal on own and you can soon return to sports activities.

Causes Of PCL Injury

  • A powerful force
  • A direct blow to the knee while it is bent
  • Stopping suddenly while running
  • Motor vehicle accidents (dashboard injuries)
  • Falling onto a bent knee
  • Misstep
  • Stretching or pulling of the ligament

Symptoms Of PCL Injury

  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Sharp pain (inside as well as at the back)
  • Difficulty in walking and climbing stairs
  • Inability to put weight on the knee
  • Wobbly sensation
  • Instability in knee

Diagnosis Of PCL Injury

An orthopedic doctor may physically examine the knee and the surrounding tissues besides checking any abnormal knee movement. He may suggest certain tests such as X-ray, MRI, etc. to determine the extent of damage to the knee. He may also ask about any previous injuries encountered by the patient.

Treatment for PCL Injury

Non-surgical treatment

A doctor may recommend the patient to provide sufficient rest to the affected area. Compression or icepacks may provide relief from pain and swelling. The doctor may also recommend wearing braces to immobilize the knee. To avoid putting weight on the knee, crutches can be used. Once the swelling subsides, the patient may be referred to a physiotherapist who will design a rehabilitation program to strengthen the knee muscles and restore functionality.

Surgical treatment

For complete tear, dislocation of knee or multiple injuries in the knee, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend surgery. In the procedure, the surgeon will rebuild the torn ligaments and replace the torn ligament with a tissue graft, which is taken from another part of the body.