Your posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is located within the knee joint and connects to the tibia (shin bone) and the femur (thigh bone). It crosses over diagonally with the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and stops the tibia from sliding backwards on the femur, as well as preventing the tibia from twisting outwards.
This ligament is injured less often than the ACL because of the greater strength and thickness of the PCL. The severity of the injury can vary significantly, from a simple sprain, to a partial tear (most common) or even a complete rupture.
PCL injuries often occur from high impact forces while the knee is bent, forcing the tibia back on the femur. It is more common during sports, like soccer, football and skiing. Causes include:
Symptoms sometimes present as a minor knee pain that may be ignored until further symptoms develop. Depending on the severity of your injury, symptoms may include:
The good news is that partial tears to the PCL do have a greater capacity to heal on their own without causing long-term instability issues. When the injury first occurs, it’s important to stop physical activity and avoid walking on the affected knee where possible. Resting, elevating and icing the knee can help reduce the initial pain and swelling.
Under the care of our knowledgeable Podiatrists, we’ll work to:
Your treatment plan can include:
Every treatment plan is tailored specifically to you, your symptoms, circumstances and assessment findings. Our goal is always to deliver the best outcomes for you, so you stay active and mobile, and can keep doing the things you love.