About PCL Injury
Injuries to the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) are not as common as other knee ligament injuries. In fact, they are often subtle and more difficult to evaluate than other ligament injuries in the knee. Many times a posterior cruciate ligament injury occurs along with injuries to other structures in the knee such as cartilage, other ligaments, and bone.
Injury to the PCL often occurs when a force directed posteriorly strikes the flexed knee such as in a car crash when the knee strikes the dashboard or when an athlete is tackled or slams a bent knee into the ground. PCL injuries can also occur with hyperextension.
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Symptoms of PCL Injury
The typical symptoms of a posterior cruciate ligament injury are pain with swelling that occurs steadily and quickly after the injury, swelling that makes the knee stiff and may cause a limp, difficulty walking, or the knee feels unstable, like it may “give out”.
Treatment for PCL Injury
An isolated PCL injury typically does not require surgery to heal. If the PCL is chronically dysfunctional or partially torn without improvement, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy and Bone Marrow Concentrate injections (containing autologous stem cells) are great non-surgical treatment options for a PCL injury. Treating a PCL injury begins with advanced diagnostics using the latest technology. Ospina Medical in New York City can devise a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific injury to reduce pain and reduce laxity and instability of the PCL.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect a PCL injury or have symptoms that may be related to PCL instability, contact our medical team at Ospina Medical. We offer advanced PCL treatments utilizing the Regenexx platform at our clinic in Midtown Manhattan in New York City.