Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (PCL) Injury
When injured, this stabilizing ligament (the strongest in the knee) is compromised by a partial or complete tear. Most PCL injuries occur in conjunction with other knee trauma. Read on to learn more about this ligament injury and how it’s treated.
Causes & Triggers
- Direct blow
- High-impact collision
- Hyperextension of knee
- Sports injury (especially football, soccer, skiing)
Signs & Symptoms
Tips & Treatment
- Seek immediate medical attention for this condition.
- Diagnosis is typically made only with a physical exam, although X-rays or an MRI may be ordered.
- Treatment may involve immobilizing the knee, resting, ice and anti-inflammatory medication.
- Depending on severity, surgery may be required to restore full function.