What is a PCL injury?
How to Treat a PCL injury
Most PCL injuries are treated by orthopedic surgeons who will determine a treatment plan that is best for the patient based on the severity of the injury and the patient’s needs. Unlike an ACL injury, patients do not feel as much instability in the knee, so clinicians will not perform surgery often on a PCL injury. Most patients can go back to normal activities after a conservative treatment plan of physical therapy, medication and using a bracing support.
A typical conservative treatment plan is:
- Physical Therapy – exercises to build up strength in quad muscles to help reduce the load and stress put on the knee joint
- Medication – light pain relievers to alleviate discomfort and swelling
- Compression therapy – supportive sleeve products to provide stability and reduce swelling
- Bracing – For corrective positioning, enhanced healing and stability