PCL Tear – Plano, TX
Dr. Kouyoumjian is a leading orthopedic surgeon in Plano, TX providing comprehensive treatment for knee ligament injuries. He has extensive experience in diagnosing and treating minor to severe injuries to the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL).

PCL Tear

Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) is the ligament that connects the two main bones in the knee joint, femur and tibia. The PCL, along with the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), forms a cross pattern below the patella within the knee joint which prevents the shin bone from slipping over the femur. The PCL is less prone to injury compared to the ACL as the former is much thicker and stable. PCL Tears are observed to be more prevalent in men as compared to women. It may be accompanied by other knee injuries and increases the risk of development of Arthritis at a later stage.

Causes Of PCL Tear

  • Fall on a bent knee
  • Direct hit on the shin bone
  • Slamming of the knee against the dash board during a vehicular accident
  • Sports injuries, particularly those that involve direct physical combat

Symptoms Of PCL Tear

  • In most cases, the symptoms of PCL Tear are mildly felt and they tend to get aggravated if the joint is left untreated for a long period of time. These may include the following:
  • Mild to moderate pain in the knee
  • The patient may develop a slight limp
  • Swelling may be seen post injury
  • Tenderness
  • Joint Instability

Diagnosis Of PCL Tear

  • Clinical examination by the orthopedic doctor
  • Analysis of the existing symptoms and medical history of the patient
  • The doctor may palpate the knee to check for severity of symptoms
  • X-ray imaging may be done to diagnose ligament damage and fracture
  • MRI scan may help to detect any damage to soft tissues
  • In case of multiple injuries, arthroscopy may be conducted to diagnose the condition

Treatment For PCL Tear

  • Prescription of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain
  • Use of a knee brace and crutches to prevent weight bearing on the affected leg
  • Physical therapy may help in improving strength and stability of the joint as well as the supporting muscles
  • Rest the injured knee till the symptoms subside
  • Soft bandage can be used for compression
  • Apply ice packs at regular intervals during the initial days after the injury
  • Keep the knee elevated at chest level while resting
  • Aspiration- a syringe is inserted into the joint to drain excess fluid. It may help to reduce swelling and improve mobility
  • Surgical reconstruction of the torn ligament using sutures or metal implants
  • Surgical tightening of the ligament in case it is over stretched
  • Arthroscopic surgery may be performed to repair the ligament

For treatment of PCL Tear and other knee injuries, visit Dr. Kouyoumjian. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Plano, TX, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072.