PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament) Injuries

Knees are critical and complicated joints. Because they’re involved in almost all your movement, they endure a lot of stress. This also means they are at risk for injuries.

The knee joint depends on four tough bands, called ligaments, to keep it stable. The posterior cruciate ligament, or PCL, is located at the back of the knee. Though PCL injuries aren’t common, athletes are the most likely to get a PCL injury.

The best outcomes for a PCL injury come from treatment, so it’s important to see a knee specialist as soon as you experience a knee injury. Your orthopedic doctor’s exam and imaging, if necessary, are key to understanding the type and severity of your injury.

PCL treatments

Adventist Health Portland’s sports medicine team includes doctors with extensive training and experience in treating knee injuries and dislocations. They work closely with rehabilitation specialists to make sure you have a treatment program that addresses all your needs and goals.

At your first appointment, we’ll go over your history, your passions and activities, your plans and goals, and your hopes for recovery. Together we will craft a treatment plan customized for your needs.

That plan may include:

If needed, surgery is typically performed as arthroscopic surgery, which uses small incisions and tiny instruments to perform the surgery with minimal impact on the knee.

Schedule your visit

Whether your knee injury is new or old, our sports medicine team can help. Just call us today at (503) 261-6961 or use our online form to request an appointment.