Posterior Cruciate Ligament

A PCL (posterior cruciate ligament) tear is a type of knee injury that occurs when the ligament at the back of the knee joint is torn or ruptured. The PCL is one of the four major ligaments that connect the bones of the knee joint. It is located at the back of the knee and plays an important role in stabilizing the joint, preventing the tibia (shinbone) from moving too far backwards in relation to the femur (thighbone).



  • A PCL tear can result from a direct impact to the knee while it is bent, such as during a car accident or a sports-related injury
  • It can also occur from a twisting motion or hyperextension of the knee. PCL tears can range in severity from a partial tear to a complete rupture.


  • Pain
  • Instability of knee joint
  • Difficulty walking or bearing weight
  • Feeling of knee giving out or buckling
  • Diagnosis of PCL Tear

Physical examination

  • Imaging tests (X-rays, MRI)

Treatment for PCL Tear

Conservative options

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation (RICE)
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing

Surgical options

  • Consideration for significant instability or complete tear
  • Recovery from PCL Tear

Timeline for recovery

  • Importance of working with healthcare provider or physical therapist
  • Tailored rehabilitation program
  • Ability to return to previous level of activity with proper treatment and rehabilitation.

If you are experiencing symptoms or diagnosed with a PCL tear, seeking prompt and effective treatment is crucial to prevent further damage and promote optimal healing. At Mahi Clinic, Dr. Vijay, our orthopedic specialist, is highly experienced in diagnosing and treating a wide range of knee injuries, including PCL tears.If you are in need of treatment for a PCL tear or any other knee injury, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our specialist at Mahi Clinic today.

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    Dr. Vijay Kumar Sohanlal
    Orthopedic surgeon
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