PCL Tear Symptoms - All Testing Done on Site
A posterior cruciate ligament or PCL injury occurs far less frequently compared to its counterpart, the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). Both ligaments help to keep a person’s knee stable and together, and when either one of these ligaments is torn, the person may experience instability, swelling, and pain in the knee. Although a PCL injury may seem minor compared to other ligament injuries, it can cause an athlete to miss a few weeks or even months of his sports activities.
Here are several PCL Tear Symptoms:
Signs and Symptoms of a PCL Injury
- Quick onset of swelling and tenderness (normally within three hours)
- Mild to moderate pain in the injured knee
- Pain when squatting or kneeling
- Slight difficulty in walking (may also limp)
- Feeling looseness or instability in the knee
- Knee gives away while performing daily activities
- Feel pain while running, walking up and down ramps or stairs, or slowing down
PCL Tear Symptoms and signs may be vague or mild, but a person may still be able to detect that there is something wrong with his knee. In due course, he may feel the pain getting worse and feel more instability in the knee. If other ligaments are torn or other parts of his knee are affected, the signs and symptoms will be more severe.
On-Site Tests for PCL Tear Injury
Besides taking notice of the abovementioned PCL Tear Symptoms, a person may be able to determine if he has a PCL Tear by conducting these on-site tests:
A sports injury doctor will press the injured person’s knee to feel for fluid, excessive looseness, or injury. She may move the leg, foot, or knee in various directions, and ask the athlete to walk and stand to see if his knee stays in the correct position. At the same time, she will compare his injured leg with his healthy leg to look for any abnormal movement or sagging in the shinbone or knee.
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