NYC PCL Treatment with Insurance – All Testing Done on Site
The knee's posterior cruciate ligament, or PCL is a vital knee ligament. This ligament is akin to the ACL, which connects the femur and the tibia. While the PCL is much stronger and larger, it can be torn relatively easy. Tears to the PCL make up less than 20 percent of any knee ligament injuries.
Generally, damage to the PCL is often associated with other ligament or cartilage injuries in the knee. In some conditions, the PCL can break loose a piece of bone. If the PCL (Posterior cruciate ligament) is torn, a doctor may provide a number of effective PCL treatment options.
A doctor will typically perform an on-site test to determine the severity of the PCL injury. The on-site test requires the doctor to press the injured knee to feel for excessive looseness or for fluid. He will move the knee, leg, and foot in various directions, and ask the patient to stand and walk to verify that the knee stays in its position or that it is unstable. During the on-site test, he will furthermore look for sagging in the patient’s knee or shinbone and any abnormalities in the patient’s movement, and then, offer the right PCL treatment option. This may include cortisone injections, non-inflammatory drugs, and/or rehabilitation.
Causes of Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
PCL injuries typically occur due to a crash or blow to the knee while it is bent. The following are a few common causes:
- Falling on the knee while it is bent
- Striking the knee against a table, chair, or car dashboard during a car accident
Sports, such as football, skiing, baseball, and soccer are common causes of PCL injuries.
Consult an Orthopedist Immediately
Individuals who have incurred any type of knee damage should consult an orthopedist as soon as possible. A highly qualified orthopedist can run several imaging diagnostic tests to establish the injury and to provide the best PCL treatment option.
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