PCL Injuries in Miami, FL
The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as PCL injuries. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.
What are PCL Injuries?
PCL, or “posterior cruciate ligament,” refers to the ligament found in the knee joint. Injuries to this ligament constitute less than 20% of knee injuries and usually indicate a tear, often referred to as a “sprain.” PCL knee injuries are most commonly seen in athletes, who participate in such strenuous sports such as football, baseball, soccer, and skiing.
PCL injuries are characterized by pain and swelling in the knee joint, that may initially appear mild, but may suddenly intensify. Some patients feel a “wobbly” sensation in the knee, or experience pain when applying weight or pressure to the knee. Many PCL injuries also involve damage to other ligaments and cartilages in the knee; sometimes the ligament may also damage the underlying bone.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of PCL Injuries?
The PCL is located in the back of the knee and is one of several ligaments that connect the femur, or thighbone, to the tibia, or shinbone in the leg. An injury to the posterior cruciate ligament is usually the result of a powerful blow, or collision, while the knee is in a bent position, such as a bent knee hitting a car dashboard during an accident, or an athlete falling and landing on a bent knee. These injuries may also occur as a result of hyperextension, or twisting movements, in which the ligament may be pulled and torn.
The typical symptoms of a PCL injury include:
- Pain with inflammation, beginning soon after the injury, and steadily continuing.
- Inflammation that makes the knee feel stiff, and may cause a limp when walking.
- Difficulty walking or bearing weight on the leg.
- The knee may feel “wobbly,” or unstable, as though it may “give out”.
How are PCL Injuries Treated?
PCL tears are usually partial tears that may eventually heal on their own. People who have only injured their PCL may heal naturally, and will usually be able to resume their full range of physical activities.
Immediately following a PCL injury, the “RICE” method (rest-ice-compression-elevation), may assist recovery. Immobilization of the joint with a brace may be suggested, in addition to using crutches, which reduces the weight on your leg. Once the inflammation begins to subside, a careful rehabilitation program of physical therapy can be very effective in restoring functionality to the knee, and strengthening of the leg muscles that support it, such as the quadriceps in front of the thigh.
If you have sustained combined injuries that affect more than just the PCL, surgery may be suggested. For example, if you have torn multiple ligaments, in addition to the PCL, surgery is usually required.
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