PCL Injury and Treatment
The acronym PCL stands for the posterior cruciate ligament, one of the two most critical ligaments in the knee. The PCL ligament is similar to the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) – connecting the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shin bone). Posterior Cruciate ligament or PCL is stronger and more substantial than the ACL, but it does tear sometimes. PCL injury is common sources of Knee pain and leg pain. Accurate diagnosis followed by targeted non-surgical treatment are paramount your complete non-invasive recovery.
Posterior Cruciate Ligament
Less than 20% of knee ligament injuries are PCL tears. Injuries that end up tearing the posterior cruciate ligament frequently damage other cartilage or ligaments in the knee also. The ligament in some cases might also break off a loose part of the underlying bone.
Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Causes
Frequentlyposterior cruciate ligament injuries occur when there is a blow to the knee, while the knee is in a bent or flexed position. Some of the most common causes include falling on a bent knee or striking one’s knee on the dashboard during an automobile accident. The posterior cruciate ligament injury is one of the most common causes of posterior cruciate ligament injuries in sports. Acute knee injuries are particularly common in skiing, baseball, badminton, tennis, football, and rugby.
A PCL injury may cause anywhere from mild up to severe damage. Our Doctors of Chiropractic use the following classification of PCL injury:
- A Grade I: There is a partial tear.
- The Grade II: The tear is little more extensive and looser than a Grade I
- And Grade III: There is an entirely torn ligament, and the knee is unstable.
Posterior cruciate ligament problems may be chronic or acute. The sudden injury is what causes severe PCL problems. Chronic posterior cruciate ligament problems are injuries that develop over a more extended period.
PCL Injury Symptoms
A majority of individuals don’t hear or feel a “popping” sensation coming from their knee following a posterior cruciate ligament injury; it is more common to hear popping sounds with ACL injuries.
Following a posterior cruciate ligament injury, individuals frequently think they just have some minor problem with their knee. They might try to continue doing their regular activities. However, this can cause their symptoms to get worse quickly. Therefore, knee injuries should not be ignored or neglected. The following are some of the more common symptoms associated with PCL injuries:
- Difficulty bearing weight on the injured knee or walking
- Wobbly sensation inside of the knee
- Knee pain
- Swelling (mild up to severe)
- Over time, PCL tears might result in the development of osteoarthritis within the knee.
Diagnosing Posterior Cruciate Ligament Issues
Our clinical teams are your best non-surgical teams for knee pain, ACL tear or posterior cruciate ligament tears. None in Malaysia can surpass our non-surgical spine and joint care programs. The key to our clinical successes is our research-based methods of treatments enhanced through experience and technology. In short, we can help even if others fail.
To familiarize you with our methods of assessment, we have provided the steps our clinical teams take your assessment below:
History: You will be asked what you had been doing at the time your injury occurred, such as playing a sport or traveling in a car, by one of our chiropractors. She or he will also ask you the following questions:
- If your knee was twisted, straight or bent at the time the injury occurred
- How your knee felt following the injury
- If since the injury you have experienced any symptoms
How We Evaluate a PCL Injury
The posterior cruciate ligament injury test by our doctor of chiropractic is done with you lying down on your back. Our Chiro will bend your knee, and press gently against the upper shin area. Abnormal knee movement during your assessment is often suggestive of a PCL ligament tears.
We may need to send you for X-rays. Knee X-rays may provide additional information regarding a knee joint and posterior cruciate ligament. Pieces of bone might be detected that might break loose as a result of the injury.
The best diagnostic measure of an injured posterior cruciate ligament is through the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This is a common way of creating posterior cruciate ligament tear images. An MRI can find the exact location of your PCL tear.
Home Treatment For PCL Injuries
To initially treat a PCL injury, an approach called PRICE can be helpful. It includes the following:
- Protect your knee from being injured any further
- Rest your knee
- Ice your knee with cold packs for short periods of time
- Compress your knee, like using an elastic bandage
- Elevate your knee
Nonsurgical Treatment For PCL Injuries
It is possible to recover from an injured posterior cruciate ligament without needing to have surgery. The types of cases that don’t need surgery include, chronic and acute grade II or a grade PCL. Chiropractic Specialty Center offers the best holistic knee treatment in Malaysia. We use research-based methods of treatments. Please read this published research o the effectiveness of chiropractic care for the cruciate ligament injury.
If you are suffering from a PCL injury, the targeted therapeutic measures that our clinical experts in physiotherapy and chiropractic use can be very beneficial. Whether or not you need to have surgery, you will need to have some form of rehabilitation and targeted physiotherapy.
Our PCL Chiropractic, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
At first, you will use crutches, and then gradually walk and place more weight on your knee. Either one of our clinical physiotherapists or a machine will help stabilize your knee joint so you can move your leg through the entire range of motion. It is quite common for all PCL injuries to have knee joint misalignment. We have the most exceptional chiropractors in all of Malaysia. The clinical chiropractors on our staff have a thorough understanding of knee injuries and have specialized treatment methods that are not offered by others. Recovery time for a posterior cruciate ligament injury is faster when you get your physiotherapy and chiropractic treatment from us.