Injuries to the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL)

Holly B. is an active professional in her late twenties who spends her free time playing recreational flag football and league basketball. She recently tore her ACL and will be sharing her experiences with us as she works towards getting back into sports.

When I first hurt my knee, my family physician thought it may be a PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) injury because of the way my kneecap was moving. I had often heard of an ACL tear, but I didn’t know much about the PCL. Here are some of the things I discovered:

  • The PCL is located in the middle of the knee right next to the ACL, also known as the anterior cruciate ligament.
  • The PCL is not as well known as the ACL because it is not injured as frequently, but it’s still very important to the stability of your knee.
  • The PCL is much harder to operate on, so surgery is not always recommended. It really depends on how unstable your knee is and how badly you’ve torn the ligament.

You can learn more about PCL Injuries here, and as always, please consult your physician if you have injured your knee. It’s such an important part of our anatomy, so stay healthy!

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