Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury

Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury: The PCL is one of four main ligaments of the knee. The PCL forms a cross shape with the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (hence their ‘cruciform’ labels) connecting the thigh bone to the shin bone. PCL injuries are rare due to its large strong fibers however can occur with a blow or fall onto a bent knee, or, if the knee hits the dashboard with force during a motor accident. Symptoms of PCL damage include swelling/knee pain/a feeling of instability and or weakness in the knee/difficulty weight bearing.

Following a thorough examination and diagnosis physiotherapy is the preferred treatment option over surgery. Good results have been found with quick diagnosis, required manual therapy with an individualized, specific strengthening program.

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