PCL Injury - Carrollton, TX
Dr. Goodhart is a board certified orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, providing comprehensive treatment for a wide range of knee conditions. He has expertise diagnosing and treating PCL injury and other sports related injuries

PCL Injury

The Posterior Cruciate Ligament or PCL acts as a bridge between the thigh bone (femur) and the lower leg bone (tibia). It is located at the back of the knee joint and prevents the lower leg from slipping during knee flexion.  A PCL Injury occurs when this ligament in the knee gets torn following a hit or fall. It has been classified into three grades depending on the extent of injury:

  • Grade I: This type of injury involves minute tears in the ligament. Usually the pain goes unnoticed and the tears are observed only if the knee is injured further.
  • Grade II: The ligament is partially torn and unstable. Walking and standing may also become painful.
  • Grade III: The knee ligament gets completely torn, causing the joint to lose stability.

Causes Of PCL Injury

  • Hitting a bent knee on a hard surface, such as falling on the ground mid-run
  • Injuring the knee during an automobile accident

Symptoms Of PCL Injury

  • Pain in the knee
  • Lack of stability while standing
  • Inability to bear weight
  • Mild to severe swelling, depending on the intensity of injury
  • Difficulty in kneeling

Diagnosis Of PCL Injury

The orthopedic doctor may carry out a series of evaluations. He may ask the patient about the type of injury, the position of leg during the injury and the location of pain. The injured leg may be compared with the other to detect the extent of injury sustained.
In case the physical exam indicates a PCL Injury, the doctor may further require an X-Ray, MRI or Arthroscopic test of the knee to check the alignment of the PCL and associated damage.

Treatment For PCL Injury

Non surgical treatment

  • RICE: The initial treatment for all the three grades may start with RICE i.e. Rest, Ice Pack, Compression and Elevation. This helps to reduce pain and inflammation in the injured knee.
  • Casting: In order to treat PCL Injury of Grade I and II, the doctor may prescribe a cast or splint for immobilization. The splint helps to keep the leg straight while the knee gradually heals.
  • Exercise: After the pain and swelling subside some amount of stiffness may be experienced in the knee. The doctor may suggest certain exercises to help improve strength and mobility of the knee joint.

Surgical treatment

A surgery is recommended to treat grade III PCL Injury. The orthopedic doctor may perform tissue grafting and sewing in order to heal the torn ligaments. Arthroscopic surgery may also be done using small incisions to rebuild the torn PCL.

For diagnosis and treatment of PCL injury and other knee related injuries, visit Dr. Goodhart. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 899 – 4679.