What is a PCL?
The Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) refers to the ligament in the knee that connects the femur to the tibia. Injuring the PCL can risk damaging other knee ligaments. Because of this, it's important to see a knee specialist to determine if a PCL injury is the cause of you or your loved one's knee pain.
PCL Injury Causes
Generally, a PCL injury happens when the knee is hit while bent. Some common causes of a PCL injury include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Auto accidents where the knee hits the dashboard
- Having the knee bent while falling
- Sports injuries
PCL Injury Symptoms
There are many different signs and symptoms of a PCL injury. These PCL injury symptoms include, but are not necessarily limited to:
- Knee pain
- Mild or severe swelling in the knee
- A feeling of instability in the knee
- Difficulties walking or putting weight on the knee
If you or a loved one is experiencing knee pain, a PCL injury may be why. It's important to see a knee specialist to determine if knee pain is caused by a PCL injury.
PCL Injury Treatments
There are a variety of PCL injury treatments, both non-surgical and surgical. PCL injury treatments vary greatly depending on the severity and specifics of a patient's PCL injury. Because of this, it's best to speak with a knee specialist about your PCL injury treatment options.
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