Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury
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- Sports injury
- Motor vehicle accident
- Fall on a bent knee
- Strong force to the leg immediately below the kneecap
- Knee dislocation
- Pain and swelling in the knee
- Soreness in the area behind the knee
- Weakness or instability in the knee
- Difficulty walking
- Pain when moving the knee
- Grade 1—Mild ligament damage
- Grade 2—Partial tearing of the ligament
- Grade 3—Complete tearing of the ligament
- Rest—Activities may need to be restricted at first. Normal activities will be gradually reintroduced.
- Ice—Ice therapy may help relieve swelling. Heat or cold may be recommended throughout recovery if they provide benefits.
- Compression—Used for a limited time, compression bandages can provide gentle pressure to help move fluids out of the area.
- Elevation—Keeping the area elevated can help fluids drain out or prevent fluids from building up.
- Protect your knees by doing regular strengthening exercises for your thighs.
- Maintain proper technique when exercising or playing sports.
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- Reviewer: Teresa Briedwell, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 02/28/2014 -
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