Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury

Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury

What is Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury?

The posterior cruciate ligament is located in the back of the knee. It is one of several ligaments that connect the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (shinbone). The posterior cruciate ligament keeps the tibia from moving backwards too far.

Symptoms of Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury

  • Pain with swelling
  • Swelling that makes the knee stiff and may cause a limp
  • Difficulty in walking
  • The knee feels unstable, like it may “give way”


Causes of Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury

  • A direct blow to the front of the knee
  • Pulling or stretching the ligament


Treatment for Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury

  • Using R.I.C.E,
    Rest: Stop all activity, to prevent the strain to worsen
    Ice: Apply ice to reduce swelling
    Compression: Wrap the strained area to reduce swelling
    Elevation: Keep the it as close to the level of the heart as to keep blood from pooling in the injured area
  • Physio-Therapy
  • Surgical Treatment


Self-Diagnose can bring more harm than treating it. It is good to know more about the injury but definitely not to the point of self-treatment. It will be much safer to get treated by Our Doctor, for more information or to book an appointment with Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic, you can call (+65) 6475 8011, the hotline is open 24 hours. You may also send us an enquiry for appointment.

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