PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) Injury

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Quiz: Do You Understand PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) Injury?

Test your knowledge by answering the following questions:

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1

Symptoms of a PCL tear can include trouble bearing weight on the knee.

Explanation:
Patients may not even realize they’ve suffered a PCL sprain or tear. Symptoms can include pain, swelling, trouble bearing weight on the knee or walking and a feeling of wobbliness in the knee.
2

The RICE method is not a good treatment for a PCL injury.

Explanation:
Depending on the degree of the injury that you’ve sustained, your healthcare provider will recommend physiotherapy, the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method, pain medication, bracing or surgery.
3

A knee brace can be helpful when you're recovering from a PCL injury.

Explanation:
Most lower-grade PCL injuries can be rehabbed and treated with strengthening through physiotherapy and exercise, often while wearing a knee brace.
4

Surgery is never an option for a PCL injury.

Explanation:
A significant posterior cruciate ligament injury may require surgery. There is a less invasive procedure that may be an option: arthroscopic knee surgery.
5

If you need surgery, recovery can take up to 52 weeks.

Explanation:
Recovery after a PCL injury generally takes up to six weeks, but if you require surgery, it can take up to 52 weeks.