What is PCL Tear?
Posterior Cruciate Ligament or PCL tear is a less common knee injury when compared to the ACL tear. The Posterior Cruciate Ligament injury usually occurs when the front of the knee receives a blow while the knee is bent. It can happen in a car accident or a sport-related one. Partial PCL tears tend to heal on its own.
PCL is the ligament located inside the knee connecting your thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia). The PCL prevents the tibia from moving backwards.
The different ways of causing a PCL tear are:
If the knee has no associated injuries to its other parts, the signs and symptoms of PCL tear are usually really mild and can’t make out if anything is wrong. As time progresses, pain might worsen and can make the knee unstable.
The observable symptoms of a PCL tear are:
Diagnosis and Treatment
In a physical examination, the doctor will compare it with the uninjured one to check for any sagging or abnormal movement in the knee or shinbone. The doctor might press on your knee to check for any injury, looseness or fluid in the joint from bleeding.
The following tests might be suggested to help in diagnosis:
PCL tears can be avoided by following a few preventive measures:
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