Posterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
The PCL is most commonly injured when an athlete receives a blow to the front of the knee. This structure can also be torn or injured if the individual makes a simple misstep on the playing field. Those who participate in football and soccer are at the greatest risk for a PCL injury. This ligament is located in the back of the knee and connects the femur to the shinbone (the tibia).
When an athlete suffers a PCL tear or injury, the orthopedic specialist will most likely recommend surgery. This is done to rebuild the ligament by replacing the torn structure with a tissue graft. During the procedure the doctor will rebuild the PCL. A tendon or other structure is used to replace the torn ligament.« Back to Glossary Index