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Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury


Disease: Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
Category: Bones, joints, muscles diseases
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Disease Definition:

Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that attach one bone to the another. The cruciate ligaments connect the thighbone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia). The anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments create a cross in the center of the knee.

A far less frequently occurring condition known as posterior cruciate ligament injury than does injury to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) known as the knee’s counterpart. Both the posterior cruciate ligament and ACL help holding the knee together. In case either ligament is torn, one might have swelling, pain and a feeling of instability.

In general, a posterior cruciate ligament injury results in less pain, disability and knee instability than does an ACL tear, it could still sideline a person for many weeks or longer.

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Symptoms, Causes


Posterior cruciate ligament injury includes the following signs and symptoms:



  • Pain with kneeling or squatting
  • A slight limp or hard time walking
  • Pain with running, slowing down, or walking up or down stairs or ramps
  • Rapid onset of knee swelling and tenderness (within three hours of the injury)
  • Mild to moderate pain in the knee
  • Feeling of instability or looseness in the knee, or the knee gives way throughout activities

Signs and symptoms of a posterior cruciate ligament injury might be mild or vague and the affected person might not even be aware of it. In most cases of posterior cruciate ligament injury there isn’t any feeling of a “pop” which is counted to be one of the classic signs of an ACL tear, the moment the injury takes place. The pain might get worse and the knee might feel more unstable with time, and when other parts of the knee are affected, the signs and symptoms will probably be more severe.


In case one is either hit on their shinbone just below the knee or they fell on a bent knee, the posterior cruciate ligament could tear. These injuries are most common during:

Motor Vehicle Accidents: If the driver’s or passenger’s bent knee slams against the dashboard, a so-called “dashboard injury” occurs pushing in the shinbone just below the knee resulting in the posterior cruciate ligament to tear.
Contact Sports: Posterior cruciate ligament might tear in athletes in sports like football or soccer when they fall on a bent knee with their foot pointed down. The shinbone first hits the ground moving backward. In addition, injury could result from getting tackled when the knee is bent.
Bending or extending the knee past its normal position and getting hit on the side of the knee while the leg is twisted could be included within other causes.

Factors that may increase the risk of experiencing a posterior cruciate ligament injury include:

Sex: Posterior cruciate ligament injury occurs less likely in women than does in men.
Sports: Risk of posterior cruciate ligament injury might be increased when participating in sports like football or soccer.



In many cases, other structures within the knee, including other ligaments or cartilage, also are damaged when the person experiences a posterior cruciate ligament injury.The person may experience some long-term knee pain and instability depending on how many of these structures were damaged.

Eventually, there might be an increased risk of growing arthritis in the affected knee as well.


What treatment is best depends on the extent of the injury and whether it just happened or the patient had it for a while.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories, like ibuprofen or naproxen, could decrease swelling and help relieve pain.


P.R.I.C.E: Mild to moderate joint injuries often are helped by following the P.R.I.C.E. model: protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation.
Physical Therapy: In order to strengthen the knee and make it work better, a physical therapist could teach the affected person some exercises, in addition to a knee brace or crutches that might be required to be used throughout the rehabilitation.

Surgical or Other Procedures

Joint Aspiration: A syringe is used within this operation to remove fluid from the joint. Aspiration may be performed if the person has significant swelling of the knee that interferes with the joint's range of motion and the ability to use the knee or leg muscles.

Surgery: When experiencing a severe injury, especially when it’s combined with other torn knee ligaments, cartilage damage or a broken bone, or when having a remaining episodes of knee instability in spite of rehabilitation, in either cases, surgery might be required to reconstruct the joint.


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