Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (PCL)
The PCL does not heal on its own. The goal is to ease pain and improve movement. This may be done with:
- Ice and rest to ease pain and swelling
- Medicine to ease pain and swelling
- Exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles around the knee
- A brace to keep the knee from moving
- Crutches to take weight off of the leg
Some people may need surgery. It will remake the PCL with tissue from other areas of the body or from donor tissue.
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