What Does A Torn Pcl Feel Like?

Symptoms of a Torn PCL

Like most ligament tears, a torn PCL is typically observed with swelling and pain.

Usually the swelling is located in the back of the knee, and in some cases there may be bruising.

Some patients may have difficulty walking, and in severe cases, the knee may feel unstable like it’s “giving out”.

What are the symptoms of a torn PCL?

Signs and symptoms of a PCL injury can include:

  • Pain. Mild to moderate pain in the knee can cause a slight limp or difficulty walking.
  • Swelling. Knee swelling occurs rapidly, within hours of the injury.
  • Instability. Your knee might feel loose, as if it’s going to give way.

Is a PCL tear serious?

An injury to the PCL can cause mild to severe damage. Grade I: The PCL has a partial tear. Grade II: The ligament is partially torn and is looser than in Grade I. Grade III: The ligament is completely torn and the knee becomes unstable.

Can a torn PCL heal on its own?

However, differently than the ACL, the PCL can often heal itself without surgery so long as it is protected appropriately. The PCL often does not require surgery as an injury to it can be without symptoms, or it may heal effectively.

How long does it take to recover from a PCL tear?

Expected recovery usually occurs in about three months at which time swelling may be resolved and strength recovered. A full return to active sports is usually possible. If PCL reconstruction is needed, full recovery may take 9-12 months.

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Where is PCL pain located?

Like most ligament tears, a torn PCL is typically observed with swelling and pain. Usually the swelling is located in the back of the knee, and in some cases there may be bruising. Some patients may have difficulty walking, and in severe cases, the knee may feel unstable like it’s “giving out”.

What does a torn PCL look like on an MRI?

MRI. The normal PCL is homogenously low in signal on T1 and T2-weighted sequences and demonstrates a smooth convex posterior curve (5a,6a,7a). In complete midsubstance tears with an intact synovial sheath, the PCL may maintain its shape with diffusely increased signal intensity.

What’s the worst ligament to tear in your knee?

The ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is most likely to be considered the worst ligament in the knee to tear.

Can you still walk with a torn PCL?

Symptoms of a Torn PCL

Like most ligament tears, a torn PCL is typically observed with swelling and pain. Usually the swelling is located in the back of the knee, and in some cases there may be bruising. Some patients may have difficulty walking, and in severe cases, the knee may feel unstable like it’s “giving out”.

How do you rehab a PCL tear?

Quad sets

  1. Sit with your affected leg straight and supported on the floor or a firm bed. Place a small, rolled-up towel under your knee.
  2. Tighten the thigh muscles of your affected leg by pressing the back of your knee down into the towel.
  3. Hold for about 6 seconds, then rest for up to 10 seconds.
  4. Repeat 8 to 12 times.
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How is PCL injury diagnosed?

In a common test for PCL injuries, you lie on your back with your knee bent. Your doctor then examines your knee and presses against your upper shin. Abnormal knee movement during this test suggests a PCL injury.

Which is worse MCL or ACL tear?

The main difference between an ACL tear and an MCL tear is that an ACL tear will have a distinctive popping sound, while an MCL tear will not. MCL tears are typically easier to recover from than ACL tears. A torn ACL or MCL is a serious injury that should be assessed and treated by an orthopedic surgeon.

How do you test for PCL injury?

Dial test or tibial external rotation test: to test if there is a combined PCL and posterolateral corner (PLC) injury. Increased external rotation at 30 degrees only indicates an isolated PCL injury. Noticed differences at both 30 and 90 degrees indicate combined PCL and PLC injury.