PCL Tear – McKinney, TX
Dr. Morgan, a leading orthopedic surgeon serving McKinney, TX, provides treatment for various illnesses and injuries of the knee joint. He has expertise in diagnosing and treating knee ligament injuries to maintain the stability as well as strength of the joint.

PCL Tear

PCL or Posterior Cruciate Ligament is one of the four main ligaments that support the bones in the knee joint. It is responsible for holding the bones together and providing stability to the knee. The PCL is one of the two cruciate ligaments that aid in the forward and backward movement of the knee joint. It may get stretched or torn while the knee is injured. The tear can be complete or partial and is graded into different categories depending on the severity of the injury:

  • Grade 1- This involves stretching of the ligament causing mild damage but the knee joint remains stable.
  • Grade 2- It refers to an injury in which the ligament stretches to an extent that it becomes loose. This is also termed as a partial ligament tear.
  • Grade 3- The ligament is split into two parts and renders the knee joint unstable. This is termed as complete ligament tear.

Causes Of PCL Tear

  • Automobile accident
  • Injury to the knee while it is bent
  • Sports injury due to pulling, twisting or stretching of the leg
  • Direct hit on the knee
  • Missing the step while walking or climbing stairs

Symptoms Of PCL Tear

  • Pain is felt after the injury which may exaggerate with time
  • Swelling
  • Instability in the knee joint
  • Inability to bear body weight while attempting to stand or walk
  • Stiffness
  • The knee may appear to drop or sag backwards when bent
  • A popping sound can be hear or felt when the knee is injured

Diagnosis Of PCL Tear

  • Physical examination of the injured knee
  • Analysis of the apparent symptoms, cause of injury and medical history of the patient
  • X-ray imaging may be required to check for bone damage
  • MRI scan helps diagnose soft tissue damage
  • Bone scan may be required in case of crucial injuries
  • The doctor may use an arthrometer to check ligament tightness level
  • Evaluation of the patient’s gait

Treatment For PCL Tear

  • Giving rest to the injured knee
  • Applying ice at regular intervals to combat pain and inflammation
  • Compression using a soft bandage
  • Elevating the leg above the level of the heart
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines and pain killers may be prescribed by the doctor
  • Crutches or brace may be used to support the knee and prevent putting body weight on it
  • Physical therapy that includes specific exercises can help restore motion and strengthen the joint
  • Surgical treatment in case of serious injuries involve stitching the torn ligament or replacing it with a tissue graft
  • Arthroscopy- involves treatment using an arthroscope which requires a small incision

For treatment of PCL Tear and other knee ligament injuries, visit Dr. Morgan. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in McKinney, TX, call at (972) 727 – 9995.