Posterior Cruciate Injuries

Posterior Cruciate Injuries

The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is not injured nearly as frequently as the ACL. As the name implies it lies at the back of the knee and stops the shin bone slipping backwards under the thigh bone on weight bearing.

It is usually damaged when the knee is over straightened (hyper-extended) such as when there is a blow to the front of the knee when standing on it. Dashboard injuries also can tear the PCL.

Generally PCL injuries can be treated with physio provided no other structures have been damaged at the same time.

Posterior Cruciate Ligament