What Does It Feel Like When You Tear Your 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”.

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.

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.

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

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.

What does it feel like when you tear your ACL?

Signs and symptoms of an ACL injury usually include: A loud “pop” or a “popping” sensation in the knee. Severe pain and inability to continue activity. Rapid swelling.

Can I 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 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.

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.

How long does a Grade 2 PCL tear take to heal?

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.

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.

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”.

How painful is PCL surgery?

Most patients experience only mild discomfort when they wake up after a PCL reconstruction. The knee will have a bulky absorbent pad applied, which may become damp with the irrigation fluid used during the procedure. If more than one ligament has been reconstructed a knee brace may be used to help protect the repair.

How do you fix a PCL tear?

If you have a PCL injury, you may need:

  • Crutches to walk until the swelling and pain get better.
  • A brace to support and stabilize your knee.
  • Physical therapy to help improve joint motion and leg strength.
  • Surgery to rebuild the PCL and possibly other tissues in the knee.

How do you know if you’ve torn your meniscus?

If you’ve torn your meniscus, you might have the following signs and symptoms in your knee:

  1. A popping sensation.
  2. Swelling or stiffness.
  3. Pain, especially when twisting or rotating your knee.
  4. Difficulty straightening your knee fully.
  5. Feeling as though your knee is locked in place when you try to move it.

Is ACL really torn?

The signs and symptoms of an ACL injury are not always the same, so it is important to see a doctor if you experience any of the following: Knee pain or swelling that lasts more than 48 hours. Trouble standing or walking on the affected knee. Inability to support your weight on the affected knee.

Can you bend your knee with a torn meniscus?

This may make your knee feel stiff and limit how you can bend your knee, but walking is usually possible. You might feel a sharp pain when you twist your knee or squat. The pain may come and go for years if the tear isn’t treated. In severe tears, pieces of the torn meniscus can move into the joint space.