What Is a Torn PCL?
The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is the largest and strongest of the four knee ligaments (the others are the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL)). The PCL is a tough, flexible tissue that connects the thigh bone (femur) with the lower leg bone (tibia) in the knee joint, serving as the knee’s primary stabilizer.
A PCL tear can result from a fall or direct blow to the area just below the knee. Individuals who participate in sports that frequently involve collisions or falls, such as football, soccer, baseball and skiing, are particularly susceptible to this type of injury.
What does a torn PCL feel like?
Unlike an ACL tear, a PCL tear usually does not produce a “popping” sound. Some common symptoms include:
- Pain at the back of the knee
- Difficulty walking
- Knee instability (a feeling that the knee is about to give out)
How is a torn PCL treated?
A mild to moderate PCL tear can usually be treated with R.I.C.E. therapy, which involves rest, ice applications, compression and elevation of the affected limb. However, if pain persists beyond a few days, it’s best to seek medical attention.
After evaluating the PCL injury, testing the strength and stability of the knee and reviewing X-ray or MRI images, a physician can determine the nature and extent of the damage and recommend an appropriate treatment plan. PCL tear treatment may include crutches, a knee brace and rehabilitative exercises to strengthen the quadriceps and hamstring muscles. If a PCL tear is accompanied by other knee damage, surgical repair may be necessary.
With a team of experienced medical professionals who specialize in knee pain diagnosis and treatment, Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Houston, Texas, provides comprehensive care for ACL, MCL and PCL tears, as well as many other common knee conditions, including osteoarthritis, runner’s knee, meniscus tears and fractures. To learn more or schedule a consultation at one of our offices in the Houston, TX, area, contact us today.
To request an appointment, please enter the information on the form on the right and press the “Continue” button to start the appointment request process.
1Professional Building II At North Cypress Medical Center
2North Cypress Professional Building At Lakewood Crossing
3North Cypress Professional Building At Towne Lake
4Advanced Orthopaedics Memorial
What Our Patients Are Saying
The surgery done by Dr. S. Patel (Actually injections) & the mild medications she has prescribed has surely made my lower back -hip-leg less painful.
Dr. Alain Elbaz is one of the most progressive orthopedic surgeons in the state. I’ve received PRP injections and hyaluronic acid injections in my aging and damaged joints allowing me to continue my daily jogging
Yes, I would certainly recommend Advanced Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to family & friends.
All the staff performed in a professional manner.All of my questions and concerned where explained to me so i could understand them. Great job all around. Thanks
Dr Tanous and Chris are the best! Thank you for always taking such good care of me!
I have to give everyone 5 stars from the front office and staff to Dr. Blalock and Dr. Patel all were great with very professional service.
I had been in so much pain with my back for years. It got so bad that I knew I had to do something. I went to Dr Mohr for help. I was so afraid to have spine surgery as I had heard so many horror stories.
This Hospital/clinic is the best that will take care of your pain and ailments. I will never trust any one else but Dr. Alain Elbaz to heal my body.
Dr. David R. Mack replaced my right hip in June 2009, and my left in October 2010. I am already able to go places and do things on my own again.
I highly recommend Advanced Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine to anyone who needs anything dealing with bone replacement.