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Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (PCL) Injury

Description

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

  • Instability
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness

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.

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