PCL Injuries & Surgery in Kirkland, WA
As a fellowship-trained board-certified orthopedic knee surgeon, Dr. Camille Clinton delivers state-of-the-art treatment to patients experiencing PCL injuries. Dr. Clinton is dedicated to providing patient-centered care and takes the time to discuss all treatment options in an effort to preserve and improve patient lifestyles. Call to schedule an appointment at her orthopedic surgery office in Kirkland, WA today!
What is the PCL?
The PCL, along with the ACL, is located in the center of the knee. Its primary function is to prevent posterior translation of the tibia on the femur. The PCL also plays a role in the side-to-side stability of the knee.
What are the causes and symptoms of PCL injuries?
The PCL is injured less commonly than the ACL. The most common mechanism of injury involves a blow to the front of the tibia (shin bone) when the knee is bent. PCL tears can occur as isolated injuries or can be associated with other knee injuries.
The symptoms of a PCL injury are usually less dramatic than those of an ACL tear. Swelling is often only mild. The pain from a PCL injury is usually resolved within 2-4 weeks. However, a sense of instability may persist.
How are PCL injuries treated?
Treatment for isolated PCL injuries initially focuses on rehabilitation and strengthening after the pain and swelling subside. Partial tears of the PCL do not usually require surgical treatment; even isolated complete tears of the PCL do not always need surgical treatment.
If symptoms of instability persist after rehabilitation, surgical reconstruction of the PCL is recommended. Modern PCL knee surgery involves completely removing the torn ligament and reconstructing the torn PCL using a minimally invasive arthroscopic technique. The new PCL is made using a tendon graft, usually from a cadaver (allograft).
Schedule An Appointment for PCL Injury Treatment
The specific treatment method utilized will largely depend on the type and severity of your individual injury. It is important to consult with an orthopedist to discuss your treatment options. As a fellowship-trained board-certified orthopedic knee surgeon, Dr. Camille Clinton delivers state-of-the-art treatment to patients experiencing PCL injuries. Call (425) 899-4810 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Clinton today!