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Knee Arthroscopy

Knee Anatomy | General Information | Post-Operative Care

ACL Tears | PCL Tears | MCL Tears | LCL Tears
Dislocation | Meniscal Tears | Focal Chondral Injury


Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tears


The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is stronger than the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and is injured less frequently. It arises from the posterior tibia (shin bone), travels superiorly and anteriorly, then inserts into the femur (thigh bone). The anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments form a cross shape in the middle of the joint.

A tear causes the joint to lose stability. An injury to the PCL is rarely isolated, and usually a part of a complex injury with tears to the ACL and medial meniscus.


Signs and Symptoms


What causes an PCL tear?


Non-surgical Treatment

Initially treated with symptomatic management:

If a patient remains symptomatic, surgical reconstruction of the ligament can be considered. This depends on severity of the injury and activity level of the individual.


Surgical Treatment: Knee Arthroscopy (PCL Reconstruction)


Lifelong Protection