Non-operative posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury treatment

Some people who have injuries to their posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) may not need surgery if they have not injured other parts of their knee. Instead, bracing and physical therapy may be enough.

The PCL is less likely to be injured than the ACL. If it is the only part of the knee that is injured, it may heal well without surgery.

Your doctor will likely recommend RICE, or rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

Bracing can help keep all the parts of your knee in position while your PCL heals. You may need crutches as well.

As you’re healing, you will do physical therapy to ensure your knee is strong and has a full range of motion.

If non-operative treatment doesn’t work, surgery for PCL injuries is available.

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