Torn PCL

About Torn PCL:

A torn PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) involves an injury to the ligament that works with the ACL to hold the knee together. The PCL is located in the back of the knee and is one of several ligaments that keep the tibia from being moved too far backward on the femur. PCL tears generally cause less pain, disability, and/or knee instability than ACL tears, however, they can still impact your knee functioning and quality of life for several weeks or months at a time. A powerful force is required to tear a PCL and is much less common than an ACL tear.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Pain and swelling
  • Difficulty walking may occur
  • May feel looseness in the knee resulting in a feeling of knee instability

How is it Treated?

  • Physical Therapy
  • Surgical intervention may be required.
  • Contact us at Plymouth Bay Orthopedic Associates at 781.934.2400 to determine the best methods of treatment going forward.

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