Knee Pain

Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL ) Tear

The Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) is a band of tissue that connects the femur to the tibia inside the knee, providing stability to the joint.  Through injury or trauma, the PCL can become torn which can cause pain and instability.  A PCL tear often results from a sudden blow to the front of the knee while the knee is bent forcing the tibia backward, commonly seen in motor vehicle accidents.

The most common symptoms of a PCL tear are pain, instability, swelling, stiffness, weakness, and a popping sound.

Treatment options for a worn PCL include rest, ice, bracing, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Bone Marrow Concentrate Therapy.  Surgery may be required.