Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injury

The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) is a band of tissue, only two inches or so long, that connects the thigh bone to the shin bone. If the PCL is torn, it is often due to a twisting or overextension of the knee and may make it so that a person cannot put their full weight on the knee. With the PCL being the strongest ligament in the knee, injuries are more likely to be caused by a trauma than a repetitive motion or sports injury, the knee may be bent backwards or forced against the dash in an auto accident. There are five grades of PCL tears ranging from a partial tear to complete damage of the PCL along with other knee ligaments.

PCL Injury Symptoms

  • Pain and swelling in the knee
  • Unsteadiness in the knee
  • Inability to put weight on the knee

Non-Surgical Treatement for PCL

In order to relieve pain from a PCL, we address the problem holistically and naturally, without medication.

We use the following approaches to relieve PCL symptoms:

  • ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease pain and give symptom relief.
  • Special exercise program to decrease inflammation, strengthen the muscles, and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
  • Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
  • Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation is common with PCL injuries. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation and swelling that causes pain in the knee area.
  • Patient avoided hip surgery.

  • Patient avoided back surgery.

  • This newborn came in unable to move his neck from the side position. He suffered from torticollis, severe neck and back spasms. After just 1 ASTR treatment, he had complete range of motion.

  • Patient came in unable to move his neck from the side position. After 3 ASTR treatments, he regained full range of motion.

  • This young gymnast came in unable to do the splits. After just 1 ASTR treatment, she had full range of motion.


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