Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries

Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries (PCL)

PCL Injury Treatment in Bangalore – The posterior cruciate ligament is along with its counterpart Anterior cruciate ligament supports the thigh bone (Tibia) and the shinbone which the larger lower bone (Femur). They are placed in the form of “X” at the knee. The occurrence of PCL injury not as common as ACL injury. In case of PCL injury, the symptoms appear similar to that of ACL injury. Immediate swelling and instability appear after the injury.

Although the occurrence of PCL injury is less common than ACL and even causes less pain than ACL, it could still require a good amount of rest and rehabilitation for some weeks.

Symptoms

The common symptoms include:

  • Progressive pain
  • Quick and steady swelling after the injury
  • Stiffening of the knee
  • Instability in the knee
  • Limping and difficulty in walking
  • A feeling of the knee giving out
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Causes

The most common cause that leads to the injury of PCL is during robust sports activity, typically from a sudden jolt on impacting the ligaments surrounding the knee. Accidents in which the crossed knee hits the dashboard with a powerful force is another common cause of the injury.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis is similar to that followed in ACL injury. The injured and uninjured knee are compared. When the injured knee is bent beyond an angle of 90 degrees, it appears to be distorted and slides backward when bent. Confirmation of the diagnosis is done by Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and X rays which will unfold the pattern of injury in the bone. However, Proxis Ortho Care Provides the Best PCL Injury Treatment in Bangalore – Dr. Sushal Shanthakumar says, very delayed diagnosis through MRI can make the bone appear normal.

Here are the few FAQ’s about PCL Ligament by Dr. Sushal Shanthakumar :

The main symptom of PCL is pain. The patient might feel some pain and difficulty in walking as well. The swelling might also be felt in the knee after the surgery and you might also feel the instability in walking or twisting the knee.

The doctor might tell you to take some rest, apply ice, give only little compression and avoid elevation in order to avoid any kind of pain. It would help you in recovering faster from the PCL injury.

Without surgery, it might take up to 6 weeks in recovering fully from the PCL injury. It can be done upto Grade 2 only.

The doctor would help you in deciding the severity of the PCL injury and also in deciding whether you need the surgery or not. It would all be decided by the doctor himself or herself.

Though it cannot be denied that PCL is larger than ACL but the fact remains that it can also be torn. So the chances of PCL getting damaged are less but the fact is that yet it can get damaged and it can also hurt.

You can feel a sharp or dull pain in the knee joint or the back of the knee. You might also feel the pain in knee while you are doing exercise.

It is dependent upon the doctor whether he or she wants you to for the surgery or not. It is also dependent upon the severity of the tear that should make the decision. If the severity is less, then you might not need to go for the surgery.