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.