Does a PCL Injury Require Surgery?
Many cases of a PCL injury are treated more conservatively than cases of an ACL injury. In minor, small partial tears, Dr. Provencher recommends the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method along with bracing, anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and a physical therapy program designed to increase range of motion and to strengthen the surrounding muscles. It is strongly suggested that patients work with the in-house physical therapists at Howard Head Sports Medicine to optimize their rehabilitation.
What is PCL Reconstruction Surgery?
If a posterior cruciate ligament tear causes instability of the joint or if the tear is too severe for conservative measures, Dr. Provencher may recommend surgery. A PCL reconstruction requires Dr. Provencher to use an allograft (donor tissue) to reconstruct the damaged ligament, restoring knee function and stability. Higher level athletes often choose to undergo this procedure in order to continue competing.
For more resources on a PCL injury, such as a posterior cruciate ligament tear, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Matthew Provencher, knee specialist located in the Vail, Aspen, Colorado Springs and Denver, Colorado area.